President Joe Biden has revoked a string of proclamations by Donald Trump, including an order to punish vandals who destroy monuments.

Mr Trump issued the order amid last year’s social justice protests as statues were being defaced or toppled.

Mr Biden also rescinded Mr Trump’s plans for a sculpture garden to honour American heroes.

And he canned a 2019 proclamation that sought to bar entry to immigrants who could not afford health insurance.

Mr Trump issued an order in June 2020 instructing the federal government “to prosecute to the fullest extent” any person “that destroys, damages, vandalizes, or desecrates a monument, memorial, or statue”.

The proclamation – which singled out “rioters, arsonists and left-wing extremists” – was a popular talking point for the Republican president at his rallies.

It followed demonstrators targeting statues, many dedicated to figures from the pro-slavery Confederacy, during US-wide protests following the murder of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Also among the Trump orders scrapped on Friday afternoon by Mr Biden, a Democrat, was the former president’s plans for an outdoor park featuring a sculpture garden of American historical figures.

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