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Highlights of Donald Trump’s Inauguration

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President Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts on the West Front of the Capitol on Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
President Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts on the West Front of the Capitol on Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The inauguration of President Donald Trump was full of both Trump bombast and the ceremonial pomp and circumstance that comes with the swearing in of a new commander in chief.

On one end, many worked to uphold the democratic traditions while Trump sought to drive home the points of his inauguration.

Trump had previously talked about the fact the U.S. is becoming a “third world country” and opened his campaign by saying “The American Dream is dead.”

His first major address as president wasn’t exactly optimistic.

“An education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential,” he said. “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”

Here’s a look back at Inauguration Day 2017:

3:02 p.m.: President Donald Trump praised former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leading them to receive applause. 

Trump also hoped there would be reconciliation.

“We’re going to get along,” the new president said.

2:58 p.m.: Speaker Paul D. Ryan praised longtime friend Vice President Mike Pence during the congressional luncheon. “No one believes deeply in our country, and our people.”

Ryan also recalled the time he and Pence were summoned to the Speaker’s Office for being “rabble rousers.” 

1:47 p.m.: World leaders sent their best wishes to President Donald Trump. Canadian Prime Minister said in a statement “together, we benefit from robust trade and investment ties, and integrated economies, that support millions of Canadian and American jobs.” Trump has frequently criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement, which includes Mexico and Canada.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had a notoriously contentious relationship with Former President Barack Obama regarding Israeli settlements to the nuclear deal with Iran, tweeted that he looked forward to making the alliance between Israel and the U.S. even stronger.

1:36 p.m.: Sen. Charles E. Grassley posted photos of the inaugural luncheon on his Instagram page, including one of Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., with Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary. recurse




1:34 p.m.: Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren wore Planned Parenthood scarves. Warren was a vocal critic of Trump throughout the campaign, calling him a “small, insecure money grubber” and called his idea for a wall between the U.S.-Mexico border a “stupid wall.” Trump for his part has called Warren “goofy.”


1:13 p.m.: President Donald Trump is signing a series of rules. One is the waiver to allow retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, formal nominations to the Senate and a proclamation of a national day of patriotism according to the Twitter account of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. The first two pens the President used were given to Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

1:07 p.m.: Former President Barack Obama addresses supporters at Joint Base Andrews. The former president jokes “Michelle and I, we really have been milking this goodbye thing.”

12:52 p.m.: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. departs from Union Station to go home to Delaware. He is joined by Delaware Sens. Chris Coons and Tom Carper. Biden served in the Senate for 36 years. Delaware’s Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, the first African-American member of Congress from Delaware joined them.

12:41 p.m.: Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart from the East Front on Executive One. They will head to Joint Base Andrews before heading to Palm Springs, Calif.

12:15 p.m: Trump says “the time for empty talk is over.” And speaks about action.

12:12 p.m.: Trump says his administration will follow two rules “buy American and hire American.”

12:09 p.m.: Trump says “I will fight for you with every breath in my body and I will never ever let you down” and “we will start winning again.”

12:08 p.m.: Trump says “We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own.” Trump has spoken about infrastructure and some Democrats have said it is possible to work with Trump on it. But some like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have called Trump’s plan “a scam.”

12:07 p.m.: Trump talks about mothers and children trapped in poverty and talks about crime and drugs and gangs that have taken so many lives. Says it “stops right here and stops right now.”

12:06 p.m.: Trump says “the forgotten men and women of this country will be forgotten no longer.”

12:05 p.m.: President Donald Trump says “this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.” 

12:03 p.m.: Rain starts to fall after Trump begins speaking.

12:02 p.m: Trump says “together we will determine the course of America and the world for many many years to come.”

Noon: President Donald Trump takes the Presidential Oath of Office as administered by Chief Justice John Roberts.

11:53 a.m: Vice President Mike Pence takes the Vice Presidential Oath of Office. Pence is seen as a liaison to Congress, having been a longtime friend of Speaker Paul D. Ryan and will be instrumental in Republican attempts to repeal. the Affordable Care Act.

11:40 a.m: Paula White giving a prayer after Pastor Samuel Rodriguez and Cardinal Timothy Dolan. In 2007, Sen. Charles E. Grassleyasked White and five other televangelists to turn over financial records for potential financial misconduct according to CBS. In 2011, the investigation ended with no penalties for White or others according to NBC.

11:31 a.m. : President elect Donald Trump arrives on the platform after his Vice President Mike Pence.

10:53 a.m: Hillary Clinton tweeted about her attendance of her former opponent President elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Clinton won the popular vote but lost the electoral college and ceded numerous former Democratic stronghold states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania to Trump. Chants of “lock her up” were heard upon Clinton arriving on the platform.

10:45 a.m.: Former President Jimmy Carter arrived on Capitol Hill. Carter announced he had a cancer diagnosis in 2015 but in December of that same year he announced he was cancer-free. Carter and President Barack Obama are two of four presidents who are Nobel Laureates, along with Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

10:38 a.m.: Supreme Court justices arrive on the Capitol. Chief Justice John Roberts will administrer the oath of office for President-elect Donald Trump and Associate Justice Clarence Thomas will be the first African-American justice to administer the oath of office for Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina justice to administer the oath for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

The U.S. Supreme Court currently only has 8 justices on the bench after the death of Antonin Scalia and Senate Republicans blocked hearings for President Barack Obama‘s nominee Merrick Garland.

10:37 a.m.: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who ran for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton, posted a video on Twitter admitting the inauguration would be a “tough day.”

“But our response has got to be not to throw up our hands in despair, not to give up,” he said. “But in fact to fight back and fight back as effectively and vigorously as we can. And our job is to keep our eyes on the prize.”

10:19 a.m.: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton arrive on Capitol Hill. Trump and Clinton had a contentious contest during the general election, with Trump frequently calling Clinton “Crooked Hillary” and brought women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault to the second presidential debate.  

10:13 a.m.: Former House Speakers John A. Boehner and Newt Gingrich arriving on Capitol Hill. Boehner, who previously said he was “texting buddies” with the incoming president, stepped down from being Speaker of the House in October 2015 after a contentious relationship with more conservative members of the Republican Caucus.

Gingrich was a vocal supporter of Trump throughout the presidential campaign but said he will not have a position in the Trump Administration.

Protesters greet inauguration guests, no arrests made9:54 a.m.: President-elect Donald Trump’s children, including daughters Tiffany and Ivanka and sons Eric and Don Jr., arrive on Capitol Hill for the inauguration. Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner will serve as a senior adviser to his father-in-law and was a trusted confidante during the campaign.

9:48 a.m: Former President George W. Bush and Former first lady Laura Bush arrive at the Capitol. Trump ran against Bush’s brother former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, frequently criticizing the 43rd president, and calling the younger Bush “low-energy.”

Former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush were hospitalized at Houston Methodist Hospital and the 41st president sent a letter to Trump saying he would not be able to attend the inauguration since his doctor told him “If I sit outside in January, it is likely I will be six feet under.”

The younger Bush tells CNN “my parents are doing better.”

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush arrive at the Capitol for Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

9:47 a.m.: Marine One is on the East Front of the Capitol. When President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board, it will not have a designation.

9:41. a.m.: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome incoming President Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump to the White House on the North entrance. Obama greets him by saying “Mr. President-Elect, How are you?” Obama and Trump only met for the first time shortly after the election. 

9:30 a.m.: President Elect Donald Trump is leaving St. John’s Church after a private prayer service with friends and family. 9:27 a.m.: President Barack Obama made his last trip to the Oval office as president of the United States. When asked if he had some final words for the American people, Obama said “thank you.”

9:17 a.m.: Hotel and casino owner and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson is being wheeled into the inauguration through the Capitol basement. Adelson endorsed Trump in May of last year.

9:04 a.m.: There is a stretcher on Capitol Hill in case of emergency. In 2009, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedysuffered a seizure during the inaugural luncheon for President Barack Obama.

8:50 a.m.: Washington, D.C. cops are watching people take free marijuana joints. The city passed decriminalization of marijuana in 2014.

8:50 a.m.: Crowds have gathered since long before sunrise.

8:45 a.m.: Light rain is starting to fall around the Capitol.

8:40 a.m.: President-elect Donald Trump and his family arrive for church services at St. John’s Church.

8:35: a.m. Black Lives Matter protesters are chained to an entrance.

8:34 a.m.: Inside the Capitol.

8:30 a.m.: Getaway.

8:20 a.m.: The National Weather Service forecasts rain to move into Washington before mid-day.

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 20: Members of Marine Barracks Washington gather on the West Front of the Capitol on Inauguration Day before Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, January 20, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES – JANUARY 20: Members of Marine Barracks Washington gather on the West Front of the Capitol on Inauguration Day before Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, January 20, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)


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