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Challenging four years of Biden administration begin

All broadcasters carried extensive reports on the inauguration of President Biden and his first day in the Oval Office on Wednesday, highlighting his signing of a number of executive orders indicating a departure from the policies pursued by former President Trump, including one to rejoin the Paris Agreement. A TBS correspondent reported from Washington that President Biden called on the nation to overcome divisions and to unite during his inaugural address, also highlighting his remark that he will “repair our alliances and engage with the world once again” in a clear shift from President Trump’s “America First” policy. Noting that President Biden also said in his speech that democracy is “precious” but also “fragile,” the correspondent said the inauguration ceremony exposed to the world the harsh reality that the U.S. was forced to deploy numerous armed National Guard members to prevent violence following the assault on the U.S. Capitol. He added that President Biden’s challenging four years have just begun, saying that while the President called on the nation to unite, it remains to be seen how he will be able to lead the nation to achieve the ideal of unity. A NTV correspondent reported from Washington that it will be a challenge for President Biden to convey a message of unity to Trump supporters, conjecturing that the four years of the Biden administration will be “tough.” Noting that President Trump was the first president in 152 years not to attend the inauguration ceremony of his successor, the reporter said the absence highlighted the deep social divide that exists in the U.S. 

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