President Donald Trump sworn into office


President-elect Donald Trump speaks to the crowd gathered during his thank you tour stop on Dec. 8 in Des Moines. Trump spoke about his deals with companies to keep their jobs in the United States, the states that propelled him to victory, and appointing Iowa Gov.Terry Bransstad as ambassador to China.

Rachel Ori

Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, was sworn into the Oval Office Friday morning.

Trump delivered the traditional presidential inaugural address after being officially sworn in as president.

Four out of the five former presidents were in attendance of the inauguration, including President Obama, President George W. Bush, President Clinton, and President Carter. 

President George H. W. Bush was absent for the event, having been hospitalized earlier this week for pneumonia. 

Trump’s main competitor for the presidency, Secretary Hillary Clinton, was also in attendance. 

In the past weeks, there has been a bit of controversy around the inauguration, with sixty-seven U.S. House of Representative members skipping the event. 

With a crowd made up of both supporters and protesters, Trump focused his address — a speech he personally prepared — on uniting the nation.

Trump began with thanking all those in attendance, and the “people of the world.”

He thanked the Obama family for their efforts in the transfer of power, saying that they had been “magnificent” during the transition to a new president.

The transfer of power has always been an important part of the presidency. President Obama mentioned many times in the aftermath of the 2016 election how gracious President George W. Bush was during their transition, and how he aimed to make this transition as smooth as possible. 

Emphasizing the transfer of power, Trump said, “[…] we are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.”

Continuing, Trump said that the celebrations for today were for all Americans. 

After touching lightly on issues that America currently faces, including poverty and crime, Trump said, “Every decision […] will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”

Trump vowed to fight for every American “with every breath” in his body. He said he would “never, ever let” any one person down.

Trump said that while he is in office, the country will flourish economically, and will begin “winning like never before.” 

Trump went on to state his plans for the country, which include building new infrastructure, buying and hiring domestically rather than internationally and uniting “the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism.”

Continuing his address, Trump shifted his focus to uniting a divided nation.

“[…] through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other,” he said.

Touching on prejudice, Trump said that as long as Americans stay patriotic, there will be no room in the country for hatred. 

“When America is united, America is totally unstoppable,” Trump said, while being cheered on. 

Moving on to his final point, Trump said, “We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.”

“A new national pride will lift our sights and heal our divisions,” he said.  “[…] whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.”

Trump went on to tell the crowd that they “will never be ignored again,” and that their voices will help “define our American destiny.”

Ending his address, Trump said, “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.”