Donald John Trump has been sworn in as the new President of the United State of America.
Donald John Trump, first dismissed as a stuntman, then a nuisance, then a threat to the political order, took the oath of office Friday to become the 45th president of the United States, ushering in one of the most compelling administrations in history.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered the oath at 11:59, just minutes after Mike Pence, a former congressman and governor, became the vice president.
In his address to the country, the new president said his election will mark a major break with decades of stagnation.
“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people,” Mr. Trump said.
He described a country with shuttered factories, struggle inner cities and broken borders – and said he would fix it with his vision of “America first.”
“This American carnage stops right here and right now,” he said.
Protesters yelled and blew whistles to try to mar the oath. One protester who made it only the platform just beneath Mr. Trump was carried off by police.
The crowd stretched from the west front of the Capitol back up the National Mall – though it was smaller than 2009, when more than 1 million people turned out to watch the inauguration of the country’s first black president.
Most political analysts had predicted 2017 would shatter another barrier with the first woman president in Hillary Clinton, Democrats’ candidate.
But Mr. Trump derailed that history, instead shattering other barriers.
At 70, he becomes the oldest president to enter the White House, and the first to have no statesmanship experience under his belt.
His election was a political earthquake, but analysts say the prospect of a Trump presidency may be even more seismic.
His campaign promises were myriad, frequently conflicting, and often startling: A wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a temporary ban on Muslims visiting the country, deporting all illegal immigrants, canceling trade deals and tossing his opponent, Mrs. Clinton, in jail.
All sides were waiting to see which of those he would pursue, beginning on his first day in office.
Initially he had promised a raft of orders and actions Friday afternoon, but now says the first steps to unwind Mr. Obama’s legacy could stretch over the coming days.
He’s also expecting to get the first of his Cabinet team confirmed later Friday with votes on Defense Secretary-nominee James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary-nominee John Kelly.
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