Donald J. Trump Sworn In As 45th President of the United States, Vows to Put 'America First': 'We Will Start Winning Again'
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Donald Trump assumed the nation’s highest office Friday as the 45th president of the United States, vowing in his inaugural address to “bring back our jobs” and “our borders” – and “fight for you with every breath."
The president addressed a packed crowd of cheering spectators stretching from the Capitol across the National Mall on a mild but overcast and at-times drizzly day, before he formally moves into the White House. Reprising themes from his 2016 campaign on trade, immigration and foreign affairs, he vowed to put American families before all else.
“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” Trump said.
The address, coming after he took the oath of office at the West Front of the Capitol, completes Trump’s remarkable journey from political outsider written off by countless Beltway pundits to the most powerful man in the country. His campaign manager Kellyanne Conway noted in an earlier interview with Fox News that Trump is “making history” as a businessman with no prior political or military experience – someone successful in the private sector coming to Washington “owing nobody anything.”
As Barack and Michelle Obama depart the White House after eight years in office, Trump will immediately be confronted with the challenge of governing, as he attempts to apply his CEO experience to running the nation. His team has vowed a “robust” start to the Trump administration, which could include everything from rescinding controversial Obama actions to renegotiating trade deals to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
In his speech, Trump vowed to strengthen border security and revive the economy and preside over a rediscovery of American patriotism, describing this as a salve for the country’s divisions.
“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice,” he said.
Mike Pence, the former Indiana governor, also was sworn in as vice president.
An immediate task for the new administration will be to get Trump’s Cabinet nominees confirmed. His advisers have complained that Democrats are slowing the process, and resisting the kind of swift confirmation the Senate gave many of Obama’s nominees in 2009.