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A new White House under Biden: Discipline, diversity, dogs and social distancing

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  • Changes at the White House are evident since US President Joe Biden took office, in stark contrast to his predecessor Donald Trump.
  • From required mask-wearing to a new public information approach, Biden’s steady style marks an abrupt change from the bombast and volatility under Trump.
  • Dogs are back on the South Lawn. Regular media briefings, with follow-up questions and data-driven answers, have returned.

WASHINGTON – On the morning of 20 January, hours before Joe Biden arrived at the White House as the 46th US president, a clear plexiglass shield was erected at the guard’s desk at the entrance to the West Wing housing the executive offices.

It was a small but noticeable sign that things were changing: Covid-19 protections missing during Donald Trump’s last year in office would be a regular part of White House life in the Biden administration.

From required mask-wearing to a new public information approach, the

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