President Donald Trump speaks after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

US President Donald Trump takes the
oath of office with his wife, Melania at his side, during his inauguration at
the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, Donald Trump has been sworn
in as the new president of the United States, taking over from Barack Obama,
first African-American president of the US.

Trump took power as the 45th
president of the United States on Friday and pledged to pursue “America First”
policies in an inaugural address that was a populist, anti-Washington rallying
cry.

President Trump delivered a
populist elegy to Americans who felt left behind enough to send a
non-politician to do the most powerful job on earth, after he was sworn in Friday
as America’s 45th president.

“I will fight for you with every
breath in my body,” he pledged. “And I will never, ever let you down.”

Trump promised ‘America first’
would become the central organizing principle around which his government is
organized.

“We will follow two simple rules.
Buy American and hire American,” Trump declared.

“America first,” a mantra that he
put into common use as he campaigned for the White House, found some flesh on
its bone Friday.

‘Every decision on trade, on taxes,
on immigration on foreign affairs, will be made to protect American workers and
American families,’ he said.

Sketching a bleak vision of a
country he said was ravaged by rusted-out factories, crime, gangs and drugs,
Trump indirectly blamed his predecessors in the White House for policies that
helped the establishment at the expense of struggling families.

“From this moment on, it’s going to
be America First,” the Republican told hundreds of thousands of people gathered
on the grounds of the National Mall after taking the oath of office on the West
Front of the U.S. Capitol.

Four past U.S. presidents, three
Democrats and a Republican, sat nearby. Scattered street protests erupted
against Trump elsewhere in Washington.

“Every decision on trade, on taxes,
on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers
and American families,” Trump said, describing the country’s social and
economic ills as “American carnage.”

Abroad, Trump signaled the possibility
of a more aggressive approach to Islamic State militants than his immediate
predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama.

“We will reinforce old alliances
and form new ones, and united the civilized world against radical Islamic
terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth,” he
said.

After repeating the 35-word oath of
office, Trump stretched his arms wide and hugged his wife, Melania, and other
members of his family. Ceremonial cannon blasts fired.

Trump and his vice president, Mike
Pence, began the day with a prayer service at St. John’s Episcopal Church near
the White House.

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