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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Donald Trump cancels meeting with New York Times because they did not meet his conditions and then changes his mind

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will meet on Tuesday with journalists from The New York Times, a spokeswoman said hours after his posts on Twitter canceling the meeting.

Trump planned to travel to the Times building, spokeswoman Hope Hicks told reporters without elaborating.

Earlier, Trump said on Twitter he canceled the meeting after the newspaper tried to change the terms agreed upon.

Trump was slated to speak with editors, reporters, columnists and the newspaper’s publisher, according to the Times. The meeting was expected to include Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, Trump’s daughter Ivanka, and top advisor Kellyanne Conway, the Times reported.

UPDATE: Donald Trump tweeted that the meeting is going to happen at 12:30 today!

 

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Donald Trump and Mitt Romney to meet this weekend

President-elect Donald Trump will meet this weekend with one of his fiercest critics: 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, a senior Republican source told CNN on Thursday.

The two men are set to meet this weekend to discuss “governing moving forward” and potentially a role for Romney in Trump’s Cabinet, the source said.The source declined to specify for which Cabinet positions Romney is under consideration.

The meeting is the latest in a series of Trump’s conversations and encounters with Republicans who did not support his candidacy in an effort to reunite the GOP following a divisive election that fractured party leaders past the Republican primary and into the general election.

It also comes as Trump has a jam-packed schedule Thursday and the President-elect’s team looks to tamp down reports of disarray and infighting within the transition effort, which has been slow to ramp up following Trump’s shocking upset victory last week.

A Romney appointment would be a startling shift in the two men’s relationship.Trump, who endorsed Romney in 2012, repeatedly slammed the former GOP standard bearer during his ultimately successful bid for the a Republican nomination for his defeat to President Barack Obama, describing him in characteristically colorful terms as a failure. Romney returned fire, repeatedly and forcefully arguing that Trump was not qualified to serve as commander-in-chief.

In an eviscerating speech last March, before Trump clinched the Republican nomination, Romney slammed Trump as a “con man,” a “phony” and “a fraud.”Romney refused to endorse Trump in the general election. He argued In favor of allowing the Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson onto the debate stage, but did not endorse him either.

Romney also actively sought to recruit a third-party candidate to carry the conservative banner into the 2016 general election and continued to level heated criticism against Trump in the general election.

In a June interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Romney warned that Trump’s presidency could usher in “trickle-down racism.”Romney and Trump’s meeting will come a week after Romney called to congratulate Trump on his victory, a call Trump tweeted was “very nice!”

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