THE leader of Brighton and Hove City Council has celebrated the demise of Donald Trump's presidency and said he hopes Boris Johnson will meet a similar fate.

Trump departed the White House yesterday ahead of his Democrat rival Joe Biden being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.

The end of his four-year spell as leader of the free world has been welcomed by many, with his time in office marred by controversies including two impeachments.

Following Joe Biden's inauguration yesterday, Brighton and Hove City Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty tweeted an image of Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The Argus: President Joe BidenPresident Joe Biden

He captioned it, "One down. One to go", appearing to suggest he wanted an imminent end to the Conservative leader's time in Downing Street.

A similar Tweet, a picture of Trump and Mr Johnson with the caption "One down, one to go...", was posted by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas in November.

At the time, the Brighton Pavilion MP told The Argus: "Trump's defeat was a major blow to the truth-denying, divisive populism that he represented. 

"Boris Johnson is cut from the same cloth and has now lost his soul-mate on the other side of the Atlantic. 

"In the face of a major pandemic, an economic crisis and climate emergency, people want leadership that brings us together to tackle those challenges in a way that respects and follows science and takes action with the urgency required.

"Boris Johnson has a lot of catching up to do, not only to build bridges with the Biden administration, but to start to show some of the global leadership on climate that he frequently boasts of, but has yet to deliver."

The election of Joe Biden is being heralded as a positive move in the fight against climate change.

The Argus: Caroline Lucas in BrightonCaroline Lucas in Brighton

He vowed to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, which Donald Trump began the year-long process to formally exit in November last year during his tenure as president.

The US officially withdrew from the agreement on November 4, 2020.

Mr Biden moved to reinstate the US to the agreement within hours of being sworn in as president yesterday.

His executive action will see the nation rejoin the agreement after a 30-day notice period.

The Paris climate agreement is an agreement reached in 2015 in which countries pledged to commit to combatting climate change and to "accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future," the United Nations Framework on Climate Change reported.

"The Paris Agreement builds upon the convention (a climate deal reached in 1994) and – for the first time – brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.

"As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort."