Joe Biden is to be sworn in as US president, taking the helm of a state wracked with the aid of using political division, financial agony and an unrelenting pandemic.

Vice-President-sopt for Kamala Harris will take the oath of workplace along him in Washington DC, which has been fortified amid fears of civil unrest.

Some 25,000 troops will protect the inauguration rite after a lethal rebel on the Capitol in advance this month.

Donald Trump will go away the White House for the ultimate time, sure for Florida.

Americans’ hopes and fears for Biden’s presidency

He will now no longer be attending the inauguration rite.

How will inauguration day unfold?

Mr. Biden may be sworn in as forty sixth president of America with the aid of using Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts quickly earlier than midday (17:00 GMT) on Wednesday outdoor America Capitol.

Due to Covid19 restrictions, the rite may be bereft of the cheering throngs of well-wishers conventional at inaugurations. It can even see extra-tight protection after America Capitol changed into breached with the aid of using violent pro-Trump protesters on 6 January.

Among the ones gift may be 3 former presidents: Barack Obama – whom Mr Biden served for 8 years as vice-president – Bill Clinton and George W Bush.

What takes place on the inauguration?

Outgoing Vice-President Mike Pence can even attend the rite, skipping Mr. Trump’s farewell occasion at an army base outdoor the state’s capital.

Aides say Mr. Biden, a Democrat, will use his inaugural deal with of approximately 1/2 of an hour to supply a positive name for country wide cohesion after his Republican predecessor’s turbulent tenure.

Minutes beforehand, Vice-President-spot for Harris may be sworn in, turning into the primary girl and the primary black and Asian-American improved to serve in a position a heartbeat from the presidency.

There may be musical performances from Lady Gaga – who will sing the country wide anthem – Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks.

A night live performance on the Lincoln Memorial within side the town may be hosted with the aid of using Tom Hanks and consist of Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, and Demi Lovato.

Mr. Biden, a Catholic, plans to wait Mass on Wednesday morning at a cathedral within side the town with the 4 pinnacle congressional leaders – Republicans and Democrats.

What is Trump doing?

Mr. Trump turns into the primary president now no longer to wait his successor’s inauguration in view that Andrew Johnson snubbed Ulysses S Grant in 1869.

He will host a farewell rite at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday morning earlier than catching a very last flight on Air Force One to start post-presidential lifestyles at his Mar-a-Lago golfing membership in Palm Beach.