Donald Trump, now the 45th president of the United States, promised that he would work tirelessly for every American and vowed to put “America first.”
“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first. Every decision, on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families,” Trump said in his roughly 16-minute inauguration speech, the shortest since President Jimmy Carter’s in 1977.
Trump told Americans, “This moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.”
At times his speech echoed themes from his presidential campaign.
He pledged to give voice to “the forgotten men and women” and called for a return of power to the American people from the politicians in Washington.
“I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never let you down,” he said.
He continued, “In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk an no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.”
He did, however, present a bleak picture of the current state of American affairs.
“Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. 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. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” he said.
Trump closed his speech with his oft-repeated campaign slogan.
“Together we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And, yes, together, we will make America great again,” he exclaimed.
After the inauguration ceremony, the Trumps escorted the Obamas to a waiting helicopter, which will take the former president and first lady to Joint Base Andrews, where they will take a plane to Palm Springs, California.
Trump then signed several documents, including the waiver allowing retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve in his Cabinet, while surrounded by his family and political leaders. From there, the group went to the Statuary Hall in the Capitol for a luncheon before the parade.
While making brief remarks at the end of the luncheon, Trump said he was “very, very honored” that Bill and Hillary Clinton attended the inauguration, prompting a standing ovation for the pair.
“I have a lot of respect for those two people. Thank you for being here,” he said.
The Trump family left the Capitol in a motorcade en route to the White House. They got out of the vehicle twice, walking for short stretches and waving to the crowds lining the street.