Democrat Joe Biden will take the oath of office on Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States. This ends the tumultuous tenure of Republican Donald Trump, who has spent the past four years in the White House.
Due to the corona crisis, the ceremonies surrounding the transfer of power have a sober character this year. No large crowds are expected in the capital, where strict security measures have also been taken after the Capitol’s recent storming.
The ceremony is attended by politicians and their guests. Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are also in attendance.
Trump does not attend the ceremonies. The retiring president has complained of fraud after the election and has not congratulated his opponent. Nor did he invite Biden to the traditional White House visit in the run-up to the transfer of power.
Chief Justice John Roberts takes the oath of office at noon at Biden. That happens outside the Capitol.
The 78-year-old Democrat then addresses his fellow countrymen. According to his team, Biden will speak about the fight against the coronavirus and “uniting and healing” his country.