The Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States
President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Michael R. Pence were sworn in to office on the west front of the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.
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‘America First’: President Donald Trump Brings the Rain in Inauguration Address
“WASHINGTON, D.C. — Politicians of this town, beware: There’s a new sheriff in Washington.
President Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, minced no words about his disdain for the broken status quo in U.S. politics in his inaugural address here on Friday afternoon. Trump’s words about the failures of politicians were so harsh—perhaps the harshest ever out of a sitting president—it is perhaps only fitting it started to rain on the National Mall the second he stepped up to the podium. Trump brought the rain in his blistering airstrike attack on the failures of Washington as he dressed down politicians in both political parties for not standing up for the American people.
The new president’s first speech as America’s Commander in Chief opened with regular niceties and platitudes to his predecessors.
From there, however, Trump went full populist nationalist and never turned back.
Today’s ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people. For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country. What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
Trump said that under his presidency, which officially began a little after noon as Chief Justice Roberts administered the Oath of Office, America will stop handling other nations’ problems before handling America’s problems. “America First,” a key mantra of his campaign for the presidency, was the centerpiece of his speech.
President Trump said the “time for empty talk is over” and “now arrives the hour of action,” adding that nobody should “allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done.” Trump said:
No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.
We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.”
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Who’s who in Trump World
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“President-elect Donald Trump is heading into the White House with a close-knit team of loyalists and trusted aides who will be tasked with turning his campaign promises into law. Here are the players to watch in the new administration.
Reince Priebus, Chief of staff
The three-term Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman remained loyal to Trump during a tumultuous presidential campaign. Now he’ll be running his White House.
Trump named Priebus his chief of staff just days after his victory. The Wisconsin Republican is a close ally of top Republicans, including Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), and will provide crucial link to Capitol Hill as the president-elect pursues his agenda.
Priebus is also bringing a handful of allies from the RNC to the White House, adding Washington experience to an administration that intends to get off to a fast start.
Stephen Bannon, Chief strategist and senior counselor
Along with Priebus, the most influential figure in Trump’s White House is expected to be Bannon, a former Brietbart News executive.
The bond between Trump and Bannon was forged in the heat of the presidential race, when Trump brought in Bannon and incoming White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to lead the campaign after a difficult summer.
Bannon’s nationalist views on immigration and trade fall right in line with the “America first” vision Trump campaigned on, and he’s expected to play a major role developing the new administration’s strategy.
Sources close to Trump say the working relationship between Bannon and Priebus has been smooth sailing so far, but many in Washington are wondering whether one of them will end up wielding more influence.
Jared Kushner, Senior adviser to the president
Trump’s son-in-law is considered one of the president-elect’s closest confidants.
A political neophyte, Kushner played an influential role in the campaign, helping Trump build a digital operation that aided his path to victory. The transition team has signaled that his influence in the new White House will be substantial and that he will be an equal to Bannon and Priebus.
Trump has already suggested Kushner as a potential player in Middle East peace negotiations, and Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, is expected to eventually have a role in the White House despite not yet holding an official title.
Sean Spicer, Press secretary
The longtime RNC spokesman and strategist is poised to do battle with the media as Trump’s press secretary.
A close confidant of Priebus, Spicer is likely to have access to the inner workings of the Oval Office. But his most direct power will be his role in deciding how the new administration works with media outlets that the president has frequently deemed biased against him.
Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the president
The longtime GOP pollster last year became the first woman to guide a presidential campaign to victory.
Her ties to Trump run deep. She has long owned a condominium in one of his Manhattan skyscrapers and had worked for the vice president-elect, Mike Pence, long before Trump picked her to run his campaign in August.
A frequent presence on cable news, Conway is likely to have a substantial role in crafting White House strategy and public messaging.
Stephen Miller, Senior adviser to the president for policy
As his former boss, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), prepares to lead the Justice Department, Miller is set to shape policy from within the White House.
Tapped to take the lead in crafting Trump’s inaugural address, Miller is expected to develop many of the policies that will define the new administration, particularly on immigration and trade.
Miller is a staunch supporter of the president-elect’s “America first” message and was an early backer, joining the campaign before the first votes in the primary had even been cast.
Marc Short, Assistant to the president and director of legislative affairs
Short is a longtime confidant of Pence who is being called upon to build bridges between Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill.
It’ll be up to Short, along with deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn and others, to help turn Trump’s policy goals into reality.
Michael Flynn, National security adviser
Trump made national security one of the centerpieces of his campaign, and he’s tapped the retired lieutenant general to lead his security brain trust.
Flynn and his team are responsible for Trump’s daily national security update, a briefing that transition officials have argued is even more useful than the presidential daily briefing because it includes the new administration’s analysis.
But Flynn’s role could become a source of tension within the administration. His ties to Russia have come under the microscope since his appointment, and he’s been accused of promoting conspiracy theories during the campaign.
Donald McGahn, White House counselor
With Democrats warning about potential conflicts of interest from Trump’s vast business empire, McGahn and the White House legal team will be called upon to defend and advise the president-elect.
It’ll be up to the former Federal Elections Commission chairman and prominent conservative lawyer to keep Trump on the right side of the law and to advise him on how to wield his new executive powers.
Jeff Sessions, Attorney general nominee
Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump in February of last year and quickly won a place in the businessman’s inner circle.
His fingerprints can be seen on many of Trump’s policy proposals, especially on immigration and trade, where the president-elect is seeking to move the GOP in a new direction.
If confirmed to lead the Justice Department, the Alabama Republican will have broad authority on issues like voting rights and enforcing immigration laws.”
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