US President Joe Biden conducts a virtual swearing in ceremony for members of his new administration via Zoom just hours after his inauguration in the State Dining Room at the White House January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden became the 46th president of the United States earlier today during the ceremony at the US Capitol.
  • US President Joe Biden is demanding that his staff treat others with dignity.
  • "If I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise I will fire you on the spot," he said.
  • The comments were made during a swearing-in ceremony for hundreds of new staffers.
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President Joe Biden is pledging to restore dignity to the US government, telling his new staff that they will have to find another line of work if he finds them treating others poorly.

"I'm not joking when I say this: If you're ever working with me and I hear you treat another with disrespect, talking down to someone, I will fire you on the spot," Biden said Wednesday. "On the spot. No ifs, ands, or buts."

The president's remarks came during a virtual swearing-in ceremony for hundreds of new government employees.

"You're engaged in and you're working with the most decent government in the world. And we have to restore the soul of this country, and I'm counting on all of you to be part of that," Biden said.

"The only thing I expect with absolute certitude is honesty and decency," he added.

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