Donald Trump Inauguration as it happened: President tells Americans, 'Time for empty talk over'

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Donald Trump Inauguration as it happened: President tells Americans, 'Time for empty talk over'
  • 23:16 (IST)

    It's President Trump now!

  • 22:57 (IST)

    Donald Trump speaks of "America First"

    Reminiscent of his campaign trail, newly sworn in president Donald Trump promises of focusing on the United States first, signalling a possible shift in the country's foreign policy. 

    Signalling a possible inward-looking economic policy, Trump urges people to "buy American and hire American".

    Trump while dedicating his victory to the common man, said that the "time for empty talk is over". 

    Stressing on US infrastructure, Trump alleged that America had till now made other countries rich while US infrastructure lagged behind. He promises to focus on infrastructure development and create more jobs.  

    Trump promises that radical Islamic terrorism will be eradicated. 

    Trump speaks of racial integration, and said  "Whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots."

    Promising fellow Americans of a brighter future, Trump says that the "change has already begun".

    Trump promises fellow Americans : I'll fight for you with my every breath and I'll never let you down.

  • 22:30 (IST)

    Donald Trump sworn-in 

    Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States by Chief Justice of the US John Roberts. 

  • 22:24 (IST)

    Mike Pence sworn in 

    Mike Pence is sworn in as the 48th Vice president of the United States by Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court Clarence Thomas. 

  • 22:22 (IST)

    Democrat Minority leader in the Senate speaks

    Chuck Schumer speaks at the inauguration. He stresses on the greatness of the American people, says we can gain strength by reading history and listening to the ordinary Americans. Schumer invokes "the strength and courage of the Americans". 

  • 22:17 (IST)

    Pastor Paula White-Cain delivers invocation at Donald Trump's inauguration

  • 22:16 (IST)

    Prayer ceremonies followed by a choir performance

    The inauguration will be marked by prayers from three religions, before Donald Trump will be inaugurated the next president.

    The Missouri State University Choir performs at the inauguration. 

  • 22:08 (IST)

    The Inauguration begins

    The chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee for the Inauguration Ceremonies Roy Blunt is addressing the audience. This sets the stage for the inauguration.  He reiterated US' commitment to peaceful transition of power and federalism. 

  • 22:03 (IST)

    Trump arrives on the stage 

    A jubilant Trump arrives on the stage. He is congratulated by the outgoing president and his supporters. Trump then waves his hand to acknowledge the public gathered at the ceremony. 

  • 22:00 (IST)

    Trump to arrive on the platform

    The inauguration is reaching its climax as Donald Trump is all set to be escorted to the platform to be sworn-in as the next president. Before him , however, Vice-President-elect Mike Pence will be introduced to the public.

  • 21:54 (IST)

    Melania Trump and Karen Pence arrive on the platform

    The first and the second lady will be followed by the outgoing president, Obama and the vice-president, Biden. Finally, the man of the moment, Donald J Trump will be introduced to the public gathered at the Capitol Hill. 

  • 21:51 (IST)

    Trump faces many serious issues

    Trump, like Obama, will take office at a time when rival regional powers are gaining more clout and are not afraid to use it. Preserving US primacy will be a full-time job. 

    Trump also faces personal issues. Allegations of nepotism, legal problems over his business interests, the ill-preparedness of some of his cabinet nominees and a fracas over health care reform that has left Republicans in disarray, make the picture even bleaker.

  • 21:48 (IST)

    Violence marks Trump inauguration

  • 21:45 (IST)

    Hillary Clinton's message on the eve of inauguration

  • 21:43 (IST)

    Watch Trump's children arriving for the inauguration

  • 21:41 (IST)

    Watch Donald Trump arriving at the Capitol Hill 

  • 21:39 (IST)

    Trump arrives at the Capitol Hill

    Families of Trump along with that of the outgoing president Obama arrive at the US Capitol Hill for the former's inauguration as the 45th president. Families of Mike Pence and Joe Biden have also reached the venue.  

  • 21:31 (IST)

    The less known humane side of the next president 

    Here is the story: In 2008, long before rumours about his presidential nomination started circulating, he gave shelter to Grammy Award winning singer Jennifer Hudson and some of her relatives in his hotel Trump Tower in New York after three of her family members were murdered. Read more.

  • 21:28 (IST)

    Video: Trump and Obama leave White House

  • 21:22 (IST)

    Trump and Obama leave White House 

    Donald J Trump and Barack Obama motorcade is now on way to the Capitol Hill. Before them, the first ladies, Michelle and Melania had left for the inauguration. Joe Biden and his successor Mike Pence too have left for the swearing in ceremony. 

  • 21:20 (IST)

    Chief Justice of US Supreme Court and other members arrive for inauguration

    The Chief Justice John Roberts will be swearing in Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Trump for the record has not had good relations with Roberts, once commenting, "Justice Roberts turned out to be an absolute disaster."

  • 21:10 (IST)

    Obama's Pakistan policy 

    Jaideep A Prabhu writing for Firstpost opined, "A more disappointing foreign policy record is Obama's inaction over Pakistan. Pace its occasional usefulness such as in the ongoing war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, Pakistan has rarely been of use and usually more of a headache to the United States".

  • 21:04 (IST)

    Trump and Obama family photo-op 

  • 21:01 (IST)

    Obama and Trump family to leave the White house for inauguration ceremony 

    After a private session, both families will leave for the Capitol Hill, where the inauguration ceremony awaits the 45th president, Donald J Trump. The formal transfer of power will take place in front of thousands of dignitaries and supporters. 

  • 20:55 (IST)

    Watch members of Trump family arriving on the Capital Hill

  • 20:52 (IST)

    Hillary Clinton arrives for the inauguration 

    Hillary Clinton, the Democrat candidate for the presidency, has arrived on the Capital Hill along with her husband and the 42nd POTUS Bill Clinton. It is to be noted that Clinton had been embroiled in a bitter war of words with Trump during the election campaign. 

  • 20:47 (IST)

    Trump enjoys low approval rating

    Just 40 percent of Americans said they had a favourable view of Trump versus 55 percent who had an unfavourable view, according to a Gallup poll taken from January 4 to January 8. On the other hand, before he took office in 2009, Obama was viewed favourably by 78 percent of Americans.

  • 20:40 (IST)

    Vice-President-elect Mike Pence tweets, thanks his predecessor Joe Biden for peaceful transition of power

  • 20:38 (IST)

    Trump inauguration seems to be a low-key affair 

    Donald Trump made his name with opulent hotels and a dramatic reality TV show, but his inauguration on Friday as the 45th U.S. president is shaping up as a more understated affair, with big names in entertainment staying away, reports Reuters.

  • 20:36 (IST)

    Republican leader Paul Ryan tweets

  • 20:32 (IST)

    First hundred days of Trump administration

    After the President-elect becomes 'President' Donald Trump, the first test he will face in his presidency is his accomplishments in the first 100 days.

    In October last year, when Trump was still trailing Hillary Clinton in the run-up to election, he had announced plans for his first 100 days in office if elected president, which included steps like declaring China a currency manipulator, cancelling payments to UN for combating climate change and renegotiating Nafta.


  • 20:29 (IST)

    Trumps arrive at the White House

  • 20:28 (IST)

    Bush family arrive for the inauguration 

  • 20:23 (IST)

    Former President George W Bush and his wife Laura arrive 

    Former George Bush, along with former first lady, Laura arrive on the Capitol Hill. However, it has to be noted that his father and former president George HW Bush is reportedly in critical condition. 

  • 20:19 (IST)

    Joe Biden and his wife welcome the Mike and Karen Pence

  • 20:17 (IST)

    Obama's final moments at The Oval office 

  • 20:16 (IST)

    Trump arrives at the White House 

    Donald Trump and his wife Malenia have arrived at the White House. The outgoing president along his wife Michelle welcomed Trump and Melania. Both families posed for a photo-op with before going inside for a tea meeting.

  • 20:13 (IST)

    Vice-President-elect Mike Pence arrives at the White House

    CNN reports that Mike Pence and his family arrived at the White House and met the Biden family. Pence is set to be the 48th Vice-President of the United States. 

  • 20:10 (IST)

    Mormon Tabernacle Choir to be performing at the inauguration

  • 20:06 (IST)

    The Trump inauguration team looks all set for the transfer of power

  • 20:03 (IST)

    Barack Obama leaves The Oval office for the final time, while Trump leaves church 

    CNN reports that the outgoing president and his vice-president, Joe Biden are leaving the The Oval, the office of the POTUS for the one last time. In the meanwhile, Trump and his family has left the church to reach the White House. 

  • 19:57 (IST)

    US President Donald Trump's journey to the White House through his tweets

    Go through this Firstpost article to understand Trump's tryst with the micro-blogging site. Trump has specially wielded Twitter to attack Cuba and China, while putting out tweets in favour of Russia and Israel. 

  • 19:54 (IST)

    President-elect Donald Trump is an avid Twitter user   

    Since winning the presidency, Donald Trump has exploited Twitter to make administrative announcements, weigh in on foreign policy, and hurl barbs at anyone who crosses him.

    With 19.8 million followers, the president-elect has granted some interviews to traditional media outlets, but has leaned heavily on the online platform as a powerful way to self-promote, attack and distract.

  • 19:50 (IST)

    Trump is all set to meet Obama

    CNN reports that President-elect Donald Trump is all set to meet the outgoing president Barack Obama. After a tea meet with the Obamas, the Trump family will be off for his inauguration. The channel also reports that the Obamas are awaiting Trump as well as Pence at the White House.

  • 19:43 (IST)

    While Donald Trump will be sworn in president, Mike Pence will be his vice-president 

    MIke Pence, the 50th Governor of Indiana, from 2013 till he was elected the vice-president in November 2016, will be inaugurated as the 48th Vice President of the United States. Pence has also served as a representative from Indiana"s 6th District between 2003 and 2013. 

  • 19:37 (IST)

    Boycott the inauguration trends on Twitter

    Controversy seems to be not leaving the incoming president. The hashtag assumes significance as Trump has been unpopular for his apparent racist, misogynist and insensitive comments.  

  • 19:28 (IST)

    Anti-Trump protests mark billionaire's inauguration day  

    As President-elect Donald Trump stepped into Washington on Thursday for a round of rituals and celebrations in preparation for his swearing-in with a call to unify the country, clashes broke out between his opponents and police — reflecting the mood of the polarised nation.

    Several hundred anti-Trump protesters set off fires on the street near a celebration by his supporters at the National Press Club Building and police in riot gear retaliated with pepper spray. Police said that there were no serious injuries or arrests at the incident.

    Inputs from IANS

  • 19:23 (IST)

    Trump reaches for church service

  • 19:21 (IST)

    Meet the Trumps

    Jared Kushner: Ivanka's husband, the 36-year-old baby-faced property developer and magazine publisher has risen stratospherically to become one of the most powerful men in government with a starring role in his father-in-law's White House. The Jewish Orthodox grandson of Holocaust survivors, he is considered a calming influence on Trump. 

  • 19:19 (IST)

    Meet the Trumps

    Ivanka: Trump's 35-year-old daughter Ivanka is moving to Washington, suggesting that America can expect a prominent first daughter: businesswoman, mother-of-three and favorite child of the incoming president.

    No formal role has been announced, but with husband Jared heading to the White House as special advisor and the couple swapping Park Avenue for the capital's swanky Kalorama district, expect her to take on hostessing duties and first lady style causes.

Reflecting on the peaceful transition in one of the oldest democracies of the world, the JCCIC has said the theme of Donald Trump's inauguration is "Uniquely American", which Recognises the symbolic importance of Friday's event.

"With each inauguration we embrace this uniquely American ceremony, seeing in this extraordinary ritual a reflection of the nation itself. In times of peace or war, of prosperity or crisis, inaugurations strengthen the national resolve to meet each new challenge," the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) said.

"We may consider it routine, but the inaugural ceremony remains a uniquely American expression of our constitutional system. The peaceful transition between presidential administrations signals that we are united as a people behind an enduring republic," it said reflecting on the theme of this year's inauguration.

In 1981, the inaugural ceremony struck President Ronald Reagan as being both commonplace and miraculous.

"The orderly transfer of authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place, as it has for almost two centuries, and few of us stop to think how unique we really are," Reagan had said his inaugural speech.

 Donald Trump Inauguration as it happened: President tells Americans, Time for empty talk over

President-elect Donald Trump. AP

"In the eyes of many in the world, this every-four-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle," he said.

At the end of the 18th century, it was widely believed that Republican form of government was best suited to small, homogeneous societies of America.

However, the United States rapidly grew in the 19th century—in geography and population—and our system of government demonstrated its remarkable ability not just to accommodate that diversity, but to draw strength from it, JCCIC said.

In his second inaugural address in 1805, President Thomas Jefferson commented on the acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase.

"The larger our association," he insisted, "the less will it be shaken by local passions".

Jefferson's faith in "association" across space would ultimately depend on knitting together the far-flung communities of the nation.

President James Monroe, in his 1817 inaugural address, envisioned a network of roads and canals that would cultivate national unity.

"By thus facilitating the intercourse between the states we shall shorten distances, and, by making each part more accessible to and dependent on the other, we shall bind the Union more closely together," he had said.

By the end of the 19th century, American towns and cities were linked by roads, canals, and railroads, followed by telegraph and telephone wires.

Modern infrastructure expanded in the 20th century, in the form of national highways, and in the 21st century with Internet cables and wireless communications.

Vast distances have been considerably reduced while knowledge, opportunity, and the shared ideals of purpose, ingenuity, and equality have been significantly expanded.

"These greater connections have required bridging the gap between competing political and ideological visions, while protecting the political and civil rights of all Americans," it said.

"With each inauguration we embrace this uniquely American ceremony, seeing in this extraordinary ritual a reflection of the nation itself. In times of peace or war, of prosperity or crisis, inaugurations strengthen the national resolve to meet each new challenge," the committee said.

"With malice toward none, with charity for all," President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed in his second inaugural address delivered during the waning days of the Civil War.
"Let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds," he said.

During the depths of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt declared his 1933 inauguration a "day of national consecration," in which "we face the arduous days that lie before us in the warm courage of national unity".

President George H W Bush observed in 1989 that on inauguration day, "we remember that we are all part of a continuum, inescapably connected by the ties that bind."

"At the dawn of the 21st century," as President William Clinton proclaimed in his 1997 address, Americans had to "shape the forces of the information age and the global society, to unleash the limitless power of all our people, and yes, to form a more perfect Union."

"On January 20, 2017, we gather at the US Capitol, the home of the legislature, along with the executive, represented by the President, and the judiciary, embodied by the Chief Justice of the United States who administers the oath. It is a meeting of the three branches of the federal government, before the people, to observe the simple yet momentous ritual of presidential oath taking," JCCIC said.

Trump Inauguration plan

Timeline of Friday's events as Donald Trump is inaugurated president of the United States (all times EST):

Before the ceremony

8:30 a.m.: Donald and Melania Trump attend service at St John's Church
9:40 a.m.: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome the Trumps to the White House
9:45 a.m.: Obamas host a coffee and tea reception for the Trump family.
10:30 a.m.: Trumps, Obamas leave White House for US Capitol

At the Capitol

11:16 a.m.: Sen. Roy Blunt, Inaugural Committee chairman, delivers opening remarks
11:21 a.m.: Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Rev Dr Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Paula White-Cain deliver invocations
11:30 a.m.: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer delivers remarks
11:35 a.m.: Vice Presidential oath is administered by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas
11:47 a.m.: Presidential oath is administered by Chief Justice John Roberts
11:51 a.m.: President Donald Trump delivers inaugural address
12:12 p.m.: Rabbi Marvin Hier, Rev. Franklin Graham and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson deliver benedictions
12:18 p.m.: Jackie Evancho performs the National Anthem

After the ceremony

12:30 pm.: Obama departs by helicopter from East Front
12:54 pm.: President's Room signing ceremony
1:08 pm.: Luncheon
2:35 pm.: Review of the troops
3 pm.: Parade from the Capitol to the White House
7 pm.: Inaugural balls get underway
10 promises Donald Trump will immediately take

But as Trump becomes president on Friday, it remains hazy as to which actions he will immediately take.

The list included several items likely to fire up Republican voters but backed up by scant policy. It includes "begin removing the more than two million criminal illegal immigrants" and "cancel every unconstitutional executive action by President Obama." Trump has already backed down from one pledge to label China a currency manipulator, recently saying he would first like to speak with the Chinese leadership.

A look at 10 of the key promises Trump made for his first day as president:

  • Introduce a constitutional amendment for congressional term limits.
  • Freeze hiring for the federal government to reduce payrolls, although the military, public safety and public health agencies would be exempt.
  • Ban White House and congressional officials from becoming lobbyists for five years after they leave the government.
  • Announce plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico or withdraw from the deal.
  • Formally withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Lift restrictions on mining coal and drilling for oil and natural gas.
  • Remove any Obama-era roadblocks to energy projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Cancel US payments to U.N. climate change programs and redirect the money to US water and environmental infrastructure.
  • Stop all federal funding to "sanctuary cities," places where local officials don't arrest or detain immigrants living in the country illegally for federal authorities.
  • Suspend immigration from regions associated with terrorism where vetting is difficult.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Jan 21, 2017 01:09:18 IST