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“Without ink”: Users sense scandal over Biden decree - first myths are circulating


Joe Biden has been the 46th President of the USA for just under a week. The conspiracy myths surrounding the first presidential decrees signed by Biden are already circulating online.

Joe Biden has been the 46th President of the USA for just under a week.

The conspiracy myths surrounding the first presidential decrees signed by Biden are already circulating online.

  • On

    January 20


    Joe Biden

    as the 46th President of the

    United States

    sworn in.

  • Since taking office,

    Joe Biden has signed


    executive orders


  • The first conspiracy myths have grown up around the edicts on the Internet.

Washington DC -

Joe Biden

has been in office for a few days and has signed several dozen presidential edicts.

As with his predecessor

Donald Trump

, the President is

under special observation

when the first

executive orders are


Meanwhile, the first conspiracy myths are already circulating on social media about Biden when the

executive orders are signed


Joe Biden's first executive orders: "Blank paper and no ink"

"Blank paper and no ink".

With these words, an Internet user comments on a video that shows

Joe Biden

signing his first presidential decree.

The comments refer to a video that has since been deleted from YouTube, in which


allegedly without ink

would sign

a blank sheet of paper instead of the

executive orders


Due to the poor video resolution, the writing on the

executive orders

cannot be seen.

Many users on the Internet therefore concluded that


would not actually sign the documents.

The French news

agency AFP

investigated the allegations more closely in a factcheck and compared the same video in better quality with the poor recordings.

Because the video material published by the agency has a much better resolution (1080p), the writing and signature of the

President can be


This cannot be seen on the pixelated and overexposed videos circulating on the web.

In conclusion, it should be noted that

Joe Biden

did not sign a blank paper without ink.

Donald Trump and Joe Biden: First executive orders always get a lot of media attention

The first

executive orders of

a US president in


receive a lot of media attention.

These first decrees have a great impact and are often pointing the way for the coming years of government.


his first days


Donald Trump


several decrees that started the construction of the wall on the border with Mexico and banned the entry of Syrian refugees for 120 days.


Donald Trump


Joe Biden has

already repealed many of his predecessor's decrees and laws in the early days with presidential decrees.

With the now 33

executive orders

, Biden has stopped the construction of the wall and lifted the entry restrictions against Muslims.

It has also rejoined the Paris Agreement and the WHO with its first decrees.

Executive orders have long been discussed controversially

In principle,

executive orders

are decrees for which the president does not need the approval of the legislature, i.e. the Congress.

Since presidents

do not require a confirmation from Congress


executive orders

, these are repeatedly discussed controversially.

Nevertheless, the presidential decrees are subject to democratic control mechanisms, as they can, for example, be reviewed by the courts.

Congress cannot suspend or invalidate this, but try to change the presidential decree through new laws.

But here, too, the US president has the option of stopping such bills with a veto.

In order to be able to bypass this veto in turn, a two-thirds majority in Congress is required.

Despite all the criticism,

executive orders


an important and often groundbreaking government tool for the US president.

Presidents have been able to issue executive orders since 1789.

Franklin D. Roosevelt has signed the most presidential edicts with 3,721 in his 12 years in office.

The last two Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama issued a total of 220 and 276 decrees, respectively.




List of rubric lists: © Evan Vucci / dpa

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2021-01-27

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