Inauguration of the 45th POTUS Timeline

Ivona Poljak

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On the 20th of January, 2017, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Despite the frightening campaign mood that was present in the media during and after the election, the peaceful transition of power did occur.

However, not so peaceful message was portrayed by Donald Trump in his speech.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon,” Trump summed. “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be—always—America First.

Apart from the speech that mirrored Trump’s message during the campaign, it was a peaceful and historic day, as the first president without any military or political experience took office. While there were protests on the day in Washington, thousands of protesters were peaceful, going ‘high’ as a response to Trump’s divisive campaign.

Time Magazine reported:

It was a first inauguration where 28,000 law enforcement officers were on the job in Washington. And the crowd was huge by historical standards. Event organizers expected about 800,000 witnesses—more than three times the number that turned out to watch Ronald Reagan take the oath in 1981. But compared to the recent inaugurations of Barack Obama, the turnout was modest. It was no more than half the audience that swarmed the National Mall in 2009.

For the description of the entire day, scroll through this timeline for the visual highlights of the Trump’s inauguration.

 

 

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Ivona Poljak