President-elect Joe Biden is expected to call for unity and healing in his inaugural address to the nation on Wednesday.
Biden will take the oath of office from the west side of the U.S. Capitol; the very place pro-Trump supporters stormed the building in an attempt to overturn the election results. The National Mall where crowds would normally gather on Inauguration Day is now closed and more than 20,000 armed National Guard troops are guarding the city against the threat of violence.
CGTN’s White House Correspondent Nathan King reports.
Joining the discussion:
- Katie Barlow is an attorney and the Social Media Editor for SCOTUSblog, which focuses on the Supreme Court and the government.
- Rafael Bernal is a reporter for the US political newspaper, The Hill.
- Douglass Sloan is the Principal of the National Capitol Strategy Group and the Vice President of the DC NAACP.
- Adolfo Franco is an attorney and Republican strategist.
Security is up throughout Washington, D.C., following the siege on the U.S. Capitol, and the parties and guest numbers are down this year, thanks to COVID-19. Take a look at why this year will be different. pic.twitter.com/dwhq8nxzLj
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Members of the National Guard unload cots after being seen sleeping on the floor of the US Capitol pic.twitter.com/81u5AcOEgr
— The Hill (@thehill) January 18, 2021
"The whole world is watching. From Day One, President-elect Joe Biden has a tall order — to rebuild around the world the shattered image of America that Donald Trump had cultivated from his first day, four long years ago." | David A. Andelman, @CNNOpinion https://t.co/EdFkQOhcPJ
— CNN International (@cnni) January 18, 2021