President Trump Inauguration Speech
Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Friday, vowing to drain power from Washington elites and always put “America first” in its dealings with the world at a moment of transformative political change.
He arrived at the White House for the first time as President just before 5 p.m. ET following a day of tradition marking the power shift in the nation’s capital.
In a time-honored ceremony on the flag-draped West Front of the Capitol earlier in the afternoon, Trump placed his left hand on a family Bible and another that belonged to Abraham Lincoln and promised to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. As light rain began to fall on a crowd stretching toward the Washington Monument, Trump took the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts with the new first lady, Melania, by his side.
President Trump salutes Hillary
At a congressional luncheon following his swearing-in as the 45th president of the United States, he joked about whether Democrats would vote to confirm his Cabinet picks, but then urged the crowd to applaud Hillary Clinton — no “crooked” modifier this time.
It’s official: President Donald Trump
Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to President Trump. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas swore in Vice President Pence.
“Together, we will determine the course of America and the world, for many many years to come,” Trump said, adding that despite obstacles ahead, “We will get the job done.”
He went on to rip Washington elites and said the transfer of power was not just from one administration and one party to another but from Washington to the people.
“The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans,” he said.
The newly minted president pledged that “from this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first … every decision … will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”
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Police used pepper spray to control the crowd, some of whom were armed with crowbars and hammers, authorities said. About 90 people were arrested in what has been the most violent episode of the day involving protesters and police, who quickly swarmed the group while outfitted in heavy riot gear.
Obama says goodbye
The now-former president and his wife spoke to supporters at Joint Base Andrews before they head off to Palm Springs, Calif., for a respite.
“I’ve said before and I will say again, that, that when we started on this journey, we did so with an abiding faith in the American people and their ability, our ability to join to together and change the country in ways that wold make life better,” he said, adding something of a rejoinder to Trump’s speech (more on that below). “That change didn’t happen from the top down,” he said, but rather “from the bottom up.”
“Our democracy is not the monuments, it’s not the buildings. It’s you,” he said.”That doesn’t end. This is just a little pit stop. This is not a period, this is a comma in the continuing story.