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What did Kamala Harris do first?


What did Kamala Harris do first?
US vice-president Kamala Harris. (BBC)

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Washington – As she walked along Pennsylvania Avenue with her family in the inauguration parade on Wednesday, United States Vice-President Kamala Harris knew her ceremonial tasks were over.

“I’m just walking to work,” she said.

Moments later she was entering the White House, her new workplace, to join her new boss in tackling some pretty daunting challenges.

She has reportedly been in all the key meetings during the transition, helping to shape the Biden agenda, so would have had major input on the 15 executive orders he signed on Wednesday.

It wasn’t long after arriving at the White House that she was off to the Senate, over which she now presides in her new job.

There she swore in three new senators, and gave a chuckle as she read out her own resignation.

She has not yet moved into the vice-presidential residence, so spent the night in her current address.

On Thursday morning she watched the virtual inaugural prayer service and received a daily intelligence briefing.

Where will Harris live?

Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff will set up home in a different white house – a 19th Century mansion on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory in north-west Washington.

The estate is close to the White House grounds, where Harris will have her office, and not far from Georgetown University’s law school, where Emhoff, an attorney, is set to teach.

To get around, Harris and Emhoff will also have access to Air Force Two, a Boeing 757, and they will have round-the-clock security. (BBC)