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Harris takes historic oath as vice president

Harris takes historic oath as vice president
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Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol Harris speaks with Netanyahu amid ICC probe Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill MORE has been sworn in as vice president of the United States, making history as the first woman as well as the first Black and South Asian American person to hold the office.

Harris, the former senator of California, was sworn in before her running mate Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE was sworn in as president right outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., just before noon local time on a brisk morning at a heavily secure Capitol.

Swearing Harris in was Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotamayor, who is the first Latina to serve on the highest court in the land.

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Despite the historic nature of Wednesday’s inauguration, festivities were muted due to the coronavirus pandemic and the continued risk of violence following the insurrection at the Capitol two weeks ago. 

More than 20,000 National Guard members have been in D.C. since last week, creating a tight perimeter around the District’s downtown area, closing a large number of streets and Metro stops in the process. As a result, flags instead of spectators filled the national mall.

Still, some of the usual fanfare still remained, such as the attendance of living former Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama. Notably, outgoing President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE was not in attendance, though his outgoing Vice President Pence was. Former President Carter, 96, and his wife Rosalynn Carter, 93, were also not in attendance.