Trump Inauguration packs capital, draws nationwide protests

by | Jan 20, 2017 | News

Tyler Bloomfield, Anna O’Brien, Brandon Choghri, Alanna Fairey and Hunter Crowther

Donald John Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, delivering an inauguration address with the same populist themes he promoted through his campaign.

On the podium behind Trump were outgoing President Barack Obama, and former presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, joined by his wife Hillary Clinton, who was defeated by Trump in the November election.

Much of his 16-minute speech was spent criticizing previous governments and promoting isolationist-themed policy through trade and foreign affairs.

“January 20, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people of this nation became the rulers again,” Trump said in front of the Capitol building. “The men and women of this country will be forgotten, no longer.”

Trump reiterated his campaign slogan of “Making America Great Again,” notably by bringing back and creating jobs in the U.S.

“We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American,” said the president.

The native of New York spoke on strengthening existing relationships the U.S. has, including an expansion of foreign policy.

“We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first,” he said.

Trump also mentioned how he hopes to work with other nations in defeating Islamic terrorism.

“We will…unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth,” said Trump.

Minutes after Trump was finished his speech, an updated official White House website announced the president planned on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as well as pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

“For too long, Americans have been forced to accept trade deals that put the interests of insiders and the Washington elite over the hard-working men and women of this country,” read the White House page. “As a result, blue-collar towns and cities have watched their factories close and good-paying jobs more overseas, while Americans face a mounting trade deficit and a devastated manufacturing base.”

In a press release Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Despite asking Americans to unite together in the aftermath of his inauguration, the self-proclaimed billionaire enters the White House as one of the most unpopular presidents in history.

It all begins today! I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES – THE WORK BEGINS!

Protests in the U.S. capital


Security is tight in Washington, D.C., where 28,000 security forces have been stationed in a 100-block radius to monitor the massive crowd that the District of Columbia’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is expecting.

Pockets of protest groups are scattered throughout the U.S. capital to voice their concerns on a number of social issues. In addition to protesting at the Canadian embassy, Black Lives Matter and ‘anti-fascism’ activists are demonstrating outside of Union Station.

Last night, tensions were high in D.C. as protestors screamed in each other’s faces, just short of getting physical.

Masses of people are flooding into the National Mall to get a good look at the Inauguration.

After breaking from the tradition paved by the previous 11 presidents, Trump has chosen to let go of six-decade career announcer Charlie Brotman, in order to “modernize the presentation,” said new announcer Steve Ray.

Inauguration Schedule

9:30 a.m. Musical guests begin performing at the west front of the Capitol building.

11:30 a.m. Inaugural swearing in ceremony. Opening remarks begin at 11:30 and religious leaders will offer prayers and readings. Mike Pence will be sworn as VP by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Trump will be sworn in as president by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

3:00 a.m. Inaugural parade. After Trump’s luncheon in the Capitol, he will participate in the presidential procession and inaugural parade

7:00 p.m. Inaugural Balls. Trump, Pence, and their wives will be attending three official inaugural balls on Friday evening. Walter E. Washington Convention Center and National Building Museum.