Inauguration of Donald Trump – as it happened


Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th US president on Friday in a ceremony in Washington DC where he told the crowds in capital “the time of empty talking is over”. In a typically strident address, he declared: “America will start winning again like never before.”

Key points

  • Trump delivers a short inaugural address promising to bring back jobs and “our borders”
  • The Obamas left Washington for a break in Palm Springs, California
  • An annotated version of Trump’s speech can be found here

By Mark Odell and Emiliya Mychasuk

So the president-elect is getting ready and as has become customary taken to Twitter in the early morning.

(For those who can’t access Twitter, it says: It all begins today! I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES – THE WORK BEGINS!)

But it remains unclear whether the new president will keep his own Twitter account after he takes office or whether he takes over the official @Potus account. His daughter Ivanka Trump appeared to suggest on Twitter a couple of days ago that the @realDonaldTrump was going to be shelved:

(For those who can’t access Twitter, it says: The whole office is incredibly excited about the upcoming inauguration and 45th Presidency but will miss @realdonaldtrump come Friday! #MAGA)

The president-elect may well have noticed that he has more followers – 20.5m – than Obama on his @Potus account, which has a mere 13.7m

Trump’s first public move of the day will be from Blair House to St John’s Episcopal Church, which faces the White House, for a private prayer service (a tradition that dates back to the 1930s), says the FT’s Barney Jopson.

We expect to see him within about 10 minutes. A reminder that you can see our rundown of the rest of the day’s schedule here.

The president-elect stayed at Blair House with his wife Melania and his children and grandchildren. He has already had a couple of morning visitors there: Reince Priebus, the incoming White House chief of staff, and Kellyanne Conway, a counsellor to Mr Trump and one of the most visible faces of his campaign.

As the Trumps attend church – the service is expected to last an hour or so – here’s a reminder of a some of the pieces the FT writers have put back together over the last few days.

John Authers has this insight on how the markets performed under Obama and the tough act Trump has to follow: stocks are far more highly valued now than when Obama took office.

It begins. A small number of anti-Trump demonstrators are attempting to prevent supporters from getting through security checkpoints on their way to the inauguration, the Washington Post reports:

A group of about 100 protesters blocked a security checkpoint entrance at 19th and E streets in downtown Friday morning.

Some women tied themselves together with purple yarn and sat on the ground, blocking access to those trying to get through the security line.

Those who made it past the protesters appeared unfazed. Some demonstrators covered their faces with bandannas and told those going through, “you don’t want to go in there.”

But within a few minutes, tensions started to rise at another nearby checkpoint with protesters nearby at 10th and E streets. Self-described feminists and anarchists linked arm and sat on the ground to keep parade goers from breaking through to the security lines.

Barack Obama has one last word for Americans, reports the FT’s US news editor, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson.

Published on Medium, an outlet the 44th President has often used to get his message directly to his online audience, it invites them to sign up at an Obama Foundation website to keep in touch with his post-presidential work. is live.

The short thank you note echoes the theme of his valedictory address last week, that all Americans should get more involved in “ the joyous work of citizenship.”

On a rough day for Obama supporters he ends with this message:

“And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We the People.’ ‘We shall overcome.’ Yes, we can.”

Trump is about to assume the most powerful office in the world. But it bears repeating that he won’t call all the shots. He’ll need to work with Congress to achieve many of his goals and there is already friction between the president-elect and some Republican lawmakers on two top priorities – healthcare and tax reform – as we reported earlier this week.

Trump fleshed out the story yesterday in an impromptu and remarkably candid aside, telling an audience on Capitol Hill that House speaker Paul Ryan had called him to ask him to stop talking about tax policy publicly because it was messing up the party’s political messaging.

The press may be quiet in China. Not so in Europe, where there is blanket coverage from the likes of Le Monde.

Image from Le Figaro

Meanwhile, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy wished Barack Obama well for the future. “New life, new challenges! You’re going to love it! I wish you the best,” he tweeted. Nothing from current French president François Hollande.

Paul Ryan @SpeakerRyan has tweeted a photo of what it looks like from the stage of the ceremony.

The ceremony is now over and a little earlier David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, has tweeted his congratulations.

For those that can’t access Twitter it reads: We did it! Congratulation Donald J. Trump President of the United States of America!

Trump neighbourhood luxury jeweller Tiffany enjoyed a small share price rise on inauguration day, after a large flat box in trademark robin’s egg blue was grasped by Melania Trump as she arrived at the White House to greet the Obamas – before it was swiftly pulled out of camera view.

If it was indeed a Tiffany gift, the newly inaugurated President Trump might owe the company a visit to its New York Fifth Avenue store located on the same block as Trump Tower.

The FT’s Lindsay Whipp reports that Tiffany’s flagship store has suffered from the chaos that has ensued in the area since Mr Trump won the election as heavy security impeded shoppers’ access just ahead of the critical holiday shopping season.

As a result, earlier this week the luxury jeweller said that sales at the store – which accounts for nearly a tenth of its annual revenue – sank 14 per cent during November and December, due to “post-election traffic disruptions”.

At Trump Hotel in downtown Chicago, a Democratic stronghold, there were
not yet protests. But inside, the bar was abuzz with Trump
supporters, some donning Trump t-shirts, people high-fiving strangers
and enjoying an early Bloody Mary or two. Others were about to crack
open the champagne, FT correspondent Lindsay Whipp reports.

As President Barack Obama climbed the steps of the helicopter people in the crowd clapped and a few yelled “Bye! Bye!”

Kimberley Falls Lentz, attorney at law in Tennessee, and in Chicago ahead of a holiday said: “We do not have a politician as president now. for first time we have an advocate for the American people.

“I think he’ll be a fabulous president – financially. he will put America first in all situations, in particular NATO, supporting our own military first.

“He’ll hold every corporation accountable, and put the country first .By using Twitter we’ll get an honest perspective on what he says, and in terms of accountability, he regularly goes in from of press.”

It appears the White House website has had quite an overhaul following the transition of power. An excerpt from the bio on the site for Mr Trump:

Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story. Throughout his life he has continually set the standards of business and entrepreneurial excellence, especially with his interests in real estate, sports, and entertainment. Likewise, his entry into politics and public service resulted in the Presidential victory in, miraculously, his first ever run for office.

We have a congratulatory Tweet from Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, who expresses hope that the “special relationship” between the UK and the US will continue

For those that can’t access Twitter, it says: Congratulations to @realDonaldTrump @POTUS on his presidential inauguration day. Look forward to continuing strong UK – US bond

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, took to Twitter a bit earlier to offer his congratulations to the new president

And here is the full statement.

Here’s an excerpt:

Canada and the United States have built one of the closest relationships between any two countries in the world. This enduring partnership is essential to our shared prosperity and security.

Together, we benefit from robust trade and investment ties, and integrated economies, that support millions of Canadian and American jobs. We both want to build economies where the middle class, and those working hard to join it, have a fair shot at success.

Canada and the United States have unparalleled cooperation on matters of national security, and have always worked side by side to protect our citizens and ensure our shared border is secure.

Former director of crowd logistics at the 2012 inauguration, Dan Gross, now a New York City deputy communications director, has tweeted that the crowd count is in. (The numbers he has posted are immediately unverified but plausible based on the aerial images of the respective crowds.)

Trump 2017: 250,000
Obama 2013: 1,000,000
Obama 2009: 1,800,000

Further breaking news on the new Trump cabinet as the second nominee is confirmed by the Senate, approving the appointment of John Kelly as head of Homeland Security.

Democratic senator Bernie Senators tweeted in response to the cabinet news:

In a cabinet loaded with extremists I hope Gens. Mattis and Kelly will moderate some of the racist and xenophobic views Trump has advocated.

Take a look at the proposed line-up of the new Trump administration in the FT’s handy guide for bookmarking here

The mystery of which entertainers were prepared to perform at the Trump Inaugural Ball is resolved with a 30-strong gospel group taking the stage led by performers Chrisette Michele and Travis Greene.

They were followed by Oshkosh, Wisconsin-born jazz singer Erin Boheme and the Jim Gray Orchestra.

The Washington Post reported that on Thursday, Michele posted an open letter entitled “We can’t be present if we’re silent,” in which she quotes Martin Luther King Jr. as she justifies her involvement: “Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about what matters,” she wrote King once said.

Countering the hoopla of the inauguration in Washington, the organisers of the protest movement, the Women’s March, claim 673 marches are taking place across the globe and an estimated total of 2.2m sister marches would span all seven continents, “inspired by” the Washington protest, the FT’s Joe Rennison reports.

Outside of the US, Canada and Mexico have the most marches planned on Saturday, with 29 and 20 demonstrations respectively. There will also be two in the Antarctic peninsula. according to the group’s website.

Organisers of the marches cite fears of an attack on civil liberties and human rights arising from the election of Mr Trump.

“I want to be part of the movement and be part of a collective voice. There is an energy about being around a group of women who feel the same way I do,” said Alexis, 39, who drove to Washington from New York.

“I would like to think there is a camaraderie that comes out of this and that there is power in numbers. Realistically do I think planned Parenthood will get refunded by the government? No. But when you are part of a loud enough group you hope that the government will think twice about stripping funding from initiatives that support women’s rights.”

At the Molly Pitcher service station in New Jersey, where she was refuelling enroute to Washington, Annie Thoms, a public school teacher from New York said: “I am going to stand up for all the women in the country of every race and orientation… We believe women’s rights are human rights.

“Trying to talk with my students and talking with my own children about the result of this election has been complicated and painful.”

“The election of a president should not be a time of fear and anger and violence.”

Judy Thoms, Annie’s mother: “This is an appalling time in America. The man is appalling… [On the March] It’s like being super heroes in a comic going after the evil force.”

Holly White from New York, added: “It’s a good first step to gather everyone together and bring unity.”

Katharine Dusenbury, 54, a mother from Connecticut said: “For me it is mostly to make a statement that he was really horrible to women during the campaign and we are not going to forget that… Hopefully the positive message will be stronger than just the rage against Trump.”

Liz Macdonald, 51, a copy writer from Connecticut who travelled with her daughters Grace and Kate, said: “We are apprehensive and fearful about what negative change might happen as a result of this administration. This feels like a positive statement about ourselves and what we believe.”

“We will march, wherever we march, for the protection of our fundamental rights and for the safeguarding of freedoms threatened by recent political events,” reads the London March website.

This post originally appeared on Financial Times

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