Donald Trump begins first full day as President
President Donald Trump assumed power with a fiercely nationalistic vow to put “America first,” taking a stinging swipe at the legacy of his predecessor hours after reciting the oath of office.
London , United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland - 21 Jan 2017 - Washington Post
President Donald Trump assumed power with a fiercely nationalistic vow to put “America first,” taking a stinging swipe at the legacy of his predecessor hours after reciting the oath of office. Hundreds of thousands of people stood on the rain-splattered National Mall to see the 70-year-old Republican billionaire be sworn in, and deliver a stridently populist call-to-arms.
Trump promised to lift up the nation’s disenfranchised and those who felt betrayed by the political elites, declaring with vindication that “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”
“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land,” Trump said, promising an end to business-as-usual in Washington. “From this moment on, it’s going to be only America First.”
Adhering to his vow to immediately start dismantling the health care reforms passed by outgoing president Barack Obama, Trump signed his first executive order in the Oval Office, targeting Obamacare. It commands government offices to grant all possible exemptions to limit the “economic and regulatory burden” of the Affordable Care Act, as a prelude to a full repeal.
“We are transferring power from Washington, DC, and giving it back to you, the people,” he said.
Moments earlier, the incoming US leader had placed his left hand on a bible used by Abraham Lincoln and recited the 35-word oath spoken since George Washington.
The popular turnout was visibly smaller than for Obama’s two inaugurations, in 2009 and 2013, with sections of the mall and bleachers along the parade route left nearly empty. Throngs of Trump’s opponents also converged on Washington.
Most of their protests — by an array of anti-racist, anti-war, feminist, LGBT, and pro-immigration groups — were peaceful, but sporadic violence marred the day.
President Donald Trump wasted no time launching the most radical agenda of any president in living memory, vowing to build a nuclear missile defense system to counter attacks from North Korea and Iran, and announcing a plan to eviscerate his predecessor's actions on climate change.
Within minutes of his inauguration, Mr Trump's team posted a statement on the White House website announcing the "state-of-the-art" nuclear defence plan although no further details of cost, or whether it differed from technology already in development, were given.
Mr Trump said his predecessor's plan, which involved cutting carbon emissions from coal-fired power stations, was "harmful and unnecessary" and he was committed to "maximising the use of American resources". He said revenue from energy production would be used to pay for rebuilding roads, bridges, schools and other crumbling infrastructure, and doing so would increase wages by more than $30 billion over the next seven years.
Only an hour after finishing his inaugural address he signed his first three official orders. They were a proclamation for a "National Day of Patriotism," a formal document that will allow General James Mattis to serve as Defence Secretary, and a paper bearing formal nominations to the Senate. Mr Trump's team moved into offices in the White House the moment he was sworn in, with one of them suggesting he could "erase the Obama presidency in several hours".