Donald Trump inaugurated as 45th U.S. president

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Donald Trump taking oath on the Bible at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
Image: The White House.

At 12:00 p.m. local time (1700 UTC) on Friday, Donald Trump took the oath of office and was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

Both the Obamas, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and other previous presidents were present.

Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump were welcomed in the morning by outgoing president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. At 12:00 local time (17:00 GMT), Chief Justice John G. Roberts swore in Donald Trump as the new President of the United States. Donald Trump took his oath on the Lincoln Bible, and on his own bible that his mother had given him. Vice President Mike Pence was sworn in on the Reagan Bible.

After assuming the presidency, Donald Trump made his first speech as President of the United States, including the words "January 20, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."

Barack Obama left a letter to his successor on the nineteenth-century presidential desk in the White House Oval Office.


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