Describing himself as “a proud son of the state of Delaware,” U.S. President-elect Joe Biden bid a heartfelt goodbye on Tuesday to the state where he served as U.S. senator for 36 years and made his way to Washington, D.C., where he led a memorial service to remember the American lives lost to COVID, on the eve of his inauguration.
PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN: "Well, excuse the emotion, but when I die Delaware will be written on my heart." On the eve of his inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden bid an emotional farewell to his home state of Delaware on Tuesday, where he served as U.S. senator for 36 years, before becoming Barack Obama's VP.
On Wednesday, Biden will be sworn in as the 46th U.S. president.
"I'm truly honored to be your next president and commander in chief, and I'll always be a proud son of the state of Delaware." Biden then flew to Washington, after his plans to take Amtrak were scrapped over security concerns, where he attended a remembrance ceremony for the 400,000 Americans who died from COVID-19.
The event was the first such memorial ceremony from the federal government acknowledging the staggering death toll from the pandemic.
Biden led the lighting ceremony and moment of silence featuring a light display surrounding the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall.
"To heal, we must remember, and it's hard sometimes to remember.
But that's how we heal.
It's important to do that as a nation.
That's why we're here today.
Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness, along the sacred pool of reflection, and remember all who we've lost." Following the moment of silence, 400 bells tolled at the National Cathedral to symbolically honor the 400,000 Americans who have perished to COVID-19.
National security adviser Jake Sullivan tells CNN’s Dana Bash that President Biden believes the United States accomplished its goal of degrading Al Qaeda and that the time is right to leave Afghanistan.
US special envoy for climate, John Kerry, stressed the "extreme urgency" for leaders around the globe to tackle climate change ahead of a major climate summit set to be hosted by US President Joe Biden.
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President Joe Biden said on Saturday he will raise the cap on the number of refugees admitted this year to the United States, a day after he drew criticism from Democratic lawmakers for agreeing to keep the historically low figure in place. Jayson Albano reports.
President Joe Biden has sent his two dogs back to his family home in Wilmington, Delaware, after the younger of the two German Shepherds was involved in a biting incident with a White House security agent. Three-year-old Major, whom Biden and his wife Jill adopted in November 2018 from an animal shelter, had been displaying aggressive behavior including jumping, barking and charging at White House staff and security. Major is the first rescue dog to have lived in the White House, having moved in after Biden’s inauguration in January. Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump did not have any pets at the White House.
The two German Shepherds belonging to President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden were returned to the Biden family home in Delaware after aggressive behavior at the White House involving Major Biden. CNN’s Kate Bennett reports.
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware tells CNN’s Dana Bash he will work to find other ways to raise the minimum wage after a key Senate official ruled that it couldn’t be included in the $1.9T covid relief bill.
The United States on Thursday imposed a broad array of sanctions on Russia to punish it for election interference, cyber-hacking, bullying Ukraine and other “malign” acts. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
Brian Stelter asks about D.C. journalists adjusting to the Biden era and Jim Acosta says “I think we’re all dealing with some post-Trump stress disorder.” He points out there is a wide world of news to cover. Also, Annie Karni says the Biden White House is more disciplined than Trump’s and thus, in some ways, more difficult to cover.
Ahead of the sixth phase of voting in West Bengal, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held massive roadshows. While the BJP leader held a rally in Habra, the Trinamool Congress chief led a roadshow in Kolkata. Many participants at the rallies didn't follow Covid protocol, failing to maintain social distance. Some didn't even wear face masks. Watch the full video for more.
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From the Indian Railways planning new Oxygen Express trains, to 20 patients escaping from a care centre in Uttarakhand - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. The central government said that India became the fastest to inoculate 12.2 crore, a feat achieved in 92 days. Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, and Rajasthan saw record spikes in new cases. Watch the full video for the other updates on the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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