Time: 12:40 p.m. CEST Update: 6:20 p.m. CEST
Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States in a peaceful transfer of power, which represents a hallmark of the American democracy, CNN.com reported on January 20. In Inauguration Day, Trump placed his left hand on one Bible, which dates of his childhood and another, belonged to Abraham Lincoln, while promising that he would protect and defend the Constitution. Trump took the oath from Chief Justice John Roberts, as CNN.com reports and the new first lady Melania Trump by his side.
During the inaugural address he stated, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” Trump said, while outgoing president Barack Obama was at the inauguration. After the ceremony, Trump will attend a joint congressional inaugural luncheon in the Capitol before returning to the White House, CNN.com writes. After the inaugural parade, Trump and the new first lady will attend two inaugural balls.
Before he left the White House, Barack Obama addressed Trump with a letter he left on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, tradition, which outgoing presidents do for their successors.
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also attended the ceremony. Hillary Clinton, who Trump defeated in the November election, was also in the audience in a show of support for national unity and the peaceful transfer of presidential authority.
Inauguration Day in Washington D.C. is on January 20, when at noon president-elect Donald Trump would say 35 words oath after which he would start his term as 45th United States president. Trump arrived last night in Washington D.C. and he would be there at least in the next four years. Transition period between Obama’s administration to Trump’s administration, which was filled with verbal attacks and some of the House Democrats openly saying it will boycott Trump’s swearing, would end at noon ET in Washington D.C.
President-elect Trump campaigned under the slogan to “Make America great again,” and in the post-election period he challenged many of the pillars of Barack Obama presidency, including health-care reform, immigration, relations with Russia, relations with NATO, and Obama’s economy policy.
However, before the official start of new administration, president-elect Trump and Vice-President elect Mike Pence would go through the ceremony at the Capitol at noon, after a parade at Pennsylvania Avenue.
Last night, President-elect Trump talked at a pre-inauguration concert at the Lincoln Memorial. “It’s a movement like we’ve never seen anywhere in the world, they say. There’s never been a movement like this.
And it’s something very, very special,” Trump said. “And we’re going to unify our country. And our phrase, you all know it — half of you are wearing the hat, ‘Make America great again.’ But we’re going to make America great for all our people, everybody. Everybody throughout our country. That includes the inner cities. That includes everybody.”
Protesters who oppose to President-elect Trump gathered since the start of the official inaugural activities in downtown Washington D.C. to protest.