Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

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.

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Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Melania Trump and his family looks during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Photo: AP

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.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk along Pennsylvania Avenue with their son Barron Trump during the inaugural pared from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Photo: Reuters

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.

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It is official, Donald Trump won Michigan

Donald Trump has officially won Michigan, the final state to be awarded and the capstone of Trump’s unlikely run of narrow victories in the Midwestern states that will deliver the first-time political candidate to the White House.

Michigan’s Board of Canvassers certified the results on Monday afternoon in Lansing. Trump won 2,279,543 votes (47.6 percent), according to the certified results,  10,704 more than Hillary Clinton’s 2,268,839 (47.4 percent).

Trump becomes the first Republican presidential candidate to carry Michigan since George H.W. Bush won it in 1988, breaking a six-cycle Democratic winning streak.

That adds Michigan’s 16 electoral votes to Trump’s already impressive tally of triumphs in the Midwest. Trump carried Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — states that had last voted Republican in 1988 and 1984, respectively, by margins only slightly larger than his advantage in Michigan.

Trump also easily flipped Iowa and Ohio, perennial battleground states that President Barack Obama had carried twice.

But like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, there are indications that Green Party nominee Jill Stein is planning to contest the results in Michigan. Stein, who won 51,463 votes (1.1 percent) in Michigan, according to the official canvass, has hired former state Democratic Party chairman Mark Brewer and has until Wednesday to request a formal recount, which is estimated to cost nearly $800,000.

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Donald Trump claims he won popular vote because millions voted illegally

Donald Trump has continued his criticism of Hillary Clinton’s support for election recounts in three states, claiming he won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally”.

The president-elect, who offered no evidence for his claims, earlier called the recount effort a “scam”, while senior adviser Kellyanne Conway called Green party candidate Jill Stein and Clinton “a bunch of crybabies and sore losers”.

Marc Elias, general counsel for the Clinton campaign, wrote on Saturday that the campaign would support Stein’s effort in Wisconsin, where a recount will take place. Stein is also pushing for recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan and has raised more than $6m online to fund such efforts.

The decision put the Clinton camp at odds with the Obama White House, which has expressed confidence in election results.

On Saturday, Trump attacked Stein, using Twitter to say: “The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated [and] demoralized Dems.”

On Sunday morning, the president-elect fired off a volley of tweets, starting: “Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change.”

The president-elect then drew attention to a debate remark by Clinton after Trump refused to commit to accepting the election result, quoting her as saying: “That is horrifying. That is not the way our democracy works.

“Been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them, and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a during a general election.

“I, for one, am appalled that somebody that is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position.”

Trump was due back in New York on Sunday after spending Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where one report said he had been asking visitors who should be his secretary of state.

In the afternoon, around the time of his scheduled departure for Manhattan, he used Twitter to say: “In addition to winning the electoral college in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

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Donald Trump Says Recount Push Is Green Party Scam

Donald Trump called recent recount efforts lead by Green Party candidate Jill Stein a “scam,” in a statement released on Saturday.

“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein… to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never ever spend on this ridiculous recount,” Trump wrote.

According to CNN, Stein had raised $5 million by Friday.

“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded,” Trump wrote, “and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.”

On Friday, Wisconsin election officials announced plans to move forward with a recount after Stein and Reform Party candidate Rocky De La Fuente submitted petitions.

Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Erik Elias wrote in a Medium post published Saturday that they “intend to participate” in the recount process in Wisconsin “in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.” Elias also wrote that the campaign will take the same approach if recount efforts move forward in Pennsylvania and Michigan as well.

Some experts have raised questions over the possibility that some elections systems may have been hacked, based on turnout data. Others have said that there is no evidence as of yet that such a hacking occurred. In the Medium post, the Clinton campaign said it had “not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology,” but still plan to participate in the recount process.

Trump quoted Clinton in his statement writing, “as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night… ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future.”

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All Of The Votes Have Finally Been Counted, Donald Trump Has Just Made Election History

Donald Trump has just officially won the great state of Michigan, making him the first to do so since George H. W. Bush in 1988 (that’s almost 30 years—this truly was a historic election).

This election saw the tightest race in Michigan’s electoral history. Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a total of 10,704 votes. This news comes after all 83 counties within the state finally had official verification from voting clerks’ offices.

The end result is a huge 306 electoral votes for Trump, and a measly 232 for Hillary (the worst the Democratic Party has done in decades).

The Michigan Secretary of State made an official statement regarding the entire process:

“Many people have asked about Michigan’s process for counting ballots and certifying election results. Please be aware that all 1,521 Michigan cities and townships completed ballot counting and reported unofficial results by the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9.”

It’s clear that Trump’s success in many “Democratically-favored” areas came down to his promises to restore industrial vitality and create massive amounts of jobs.

In the midst of this great victory though, Jill Stein has initiated a full legal recount (with the funding of George Soros). Currently, no one is quite sure what will happen next. All that is certain, is that Trump won the election fair and square. If anything happens to change the outcome now, we will all witness the end of Democracy in the free world.

It is a great day for Trump in Michigan, but now the real race begins: can we make it to January 20th?

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Donald Trump’s popularity reached an all-time high

Donald Trump’s popularity is rising in the days since his election, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll of registered voters.

Forty-six percent of voters now have a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of the president-elect. Twelve percent have a somewhat unfavorable opinion and 34 percent have a very unfavorable opinion of him.

It’s a dramatic uptick since the election. Trump’s favorability has grown 9 points, 37 percent to 46 percent, compared to a Morning Consult poll right before the election — while his unfavorability has dropped 15 points, from 61 percent to 46 percent.

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is also up. Fifty-four percent of voters approve of the job Obama is doing, while 43 percent disapprove. That’s up from 50 percent approving and 48 percent disapproving of Obama before the election.

“Trump’s favorability among voters has reached new highs since he became president-elect,” said Morning Consult cofounder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp. “This honeymoon phase is common for new presidents. For example, Obama saw about a 20 point swing in his favor following the 2008 election.”

Trump is also getting high marks for his transition effort. Nineteen percent of those polled believe it is more organized than past efforts and another 34 percent believe the transition is about the same, according to the poll that Morning Consult conducted Nov. 16-18.

“About half say Donald Trump’s presidential transition is as organized or more organized than previous administrations, whereas about one in three describe it as less organized than past transitions,’ said Dropp, though he noted that “many of the initial transition picks including Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions are still largely unknown to Americans.”

Still, three in 10 believe that Priebus was a strong choice as chief of staff (27 percent say it was weak). Only two in 10 believe Bannon was a strong choice (34 percent say it was weak).

The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,885 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. Thirty-three percent of likely voters self-identified as Democrats, 32 percent as independents and 33 percent as Republicans.

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Weekend special: The Trumps

Melania Trump

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Melania Trump, Photo:ddp Usa/Rex/Shutterstock

Trump’s wife of 11 years has been the subject of great scrutiny and even ridicule during her husband’s divisive campaign. The former model, 46, stood by Trump after a video of him bragging about groping women – recorded the year they were married – surfaced, and 13 women accused him of unwanted sexual advances. She made headlines during the Republican national convention when she was accused of plagiarizing a section of her speech from Michelle Obama. Towards the end of the campaign, she called for less bullying online, which puzzled many onlookers given her husband’s use of inflammatory language on Twitter.

Ivanka Trump

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Ivanka Trump, Photo:Olivier Douliery

Trump’s daughter, a vice-president at his company, was placed in one of the most difficult positions of all the Trump family members during this campaign. The former model who owns a number of businesses, including a clothing line and a jewelry line, has long positioned herself as an advocate for women’s rights, and converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner. Yet her father’s campaign became mired in charges of misogyny, and dog-whistle antisemitism. Trump, 35, is a close friend of Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea and donated to Clinton’s campaign in 2007. But she was steadfast in her support for her father and rarely criticized his comments about groping women on a leaked Access Hollywood tape, nor his stance on abortion. Vitriol for her father spilled over to her when a call to boycott her clothes gained some steam in the last weeks of the election.

Eric Trump

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Eric Trump, Photo:Mathieson Sr/Rex/Shutterstock

Eric Trump has been a regular feature throughout his father’s campaign, appearing on television and at campaign stops. Like his siblings, he holds an executive role at the Trump Organization. His charity, the Eric Trump Foundation, was caught up in an extensive investigation into Trump’s charitable donations by the Washington Post when Trump, 32, said his father had donated to it but then backtracked when asked for details. He and his brother Donald Trump Jr have been criticized for hunting big animals such as leopards and crocodiles. He was also accused of breaking New York State law on election day by tweeting a picture of his ballot. He married Lara Yunaska two years ago.

Donald Trump Jr

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Donald Trump Jr, Photo: AP photo

One of three children from Trump’s first marriage with Ivana, Donald Trump Jr, 38, has been extremely active on the campaign trail for his father. Like his siblings, he works in the family business, The Trump Organization, and has appeared on The Apprentice. He drew criticism during the campaign when he tweeted a picture comparing Syrian refugees to deadly Skittles; he was also on the big game hunting trip with his brother. He is married to model Vanessa Kay Haydon, with whom he has five children.

Tiffany Trump

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Tiffany Trump, Photo:Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Tiffany Trump has been the least visible of his older children during this campaign. She is the daughter of Trump’s second wife Marla Maples. She recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, maintains a popular Instagram account, and has tried her hand at pop music. She is perceived as being less close to her father than his other adult children.

Jared Kushner

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Jared Kushner, Photo:Matt Baron/Bei/Shutterstock

Kushner is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka. He is CEO of his family’s real estate company and owner of the New York Observer. His vocal support for his father-in-law throughout this campaign put his ownership of the Observer in the spotlight. One of the paper’s reporters wrote a piece calling out Kushner for his role in the campaign, after Trump was accused of antisemitism for tweeting a picture of the Star of David in an attack of Hillary Clinton. Kushner, who is Jewish, used the paper to defend Trump. He became a close adviser to the now president-elect over the course of the campaign.

Lara Yunaska

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Lara Yunaska, Photo:Mathieson Sr/Rex/Shutterstock

Eric Trump’s wife of two years has kept a low-profile during the presidential campaign. She works as a producer at Inside Edition and was formerly a personal trainer. She is on the board of directors of the Eric Trump Foundation and is an active animal welfare advocate with groups such as the North Shore Animal League of America, the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world – a position which arguably conflicts with her husband’s love of hunting.

Barron Trump

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Barron Trump, Photo:John Moore/Getty Images

Trump reportedly calls his 10-year old son, the only child of his marriage to Melania, “Little Donald”, and the two enjoy playing golf together. Despite his age he attracted a lot of attention during and after the elections.

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