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President Biden signs executive orders on climate, virus

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden has signed a series of executive orders from the Oval Office hours after his inauguration.

Biden wore a mask while seated behind the Resolute Desk with a stack of orders early Wednesday evening. He said there was “no time to start like today.”

Biden signed three executive actions: one ordering a mask mandate on federal property, another provides "support for underserved communities," and the third was to "rejoin the Paris climate accord."

While his predecessor Donald Trump broke long-standing practice by skipping Biden’s inauguration, he did follow through on one tradition and left behind a letter for Biden.

The new Democratic president said Trump “wrote a very generous letter.” But Biden said he wouldn't reveal its contents until he had a chance to speak with Trump.

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