President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated on Friday 20th January 2017 as the 45th President of the United States of America.
He gave an inaugural speech that seemed to paint a rather bleak picture of America before promising that his administration would work for change. In that vein, President Donald J. Trump promised to be the voice of the “forgotten people” and said that the nation was now once again in the people’s power.
In a ceremony that was attended by former Presidents and first ladies, President Trump gave an inaugural speech opening that, practically, shed a bad light on all of them. He said:
“Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.
“For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
“Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.
“Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
“The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
“Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.”
“January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”
President Donald J. Trump ended his inaugural speech echoing the sentiments of the campaign that he ran; making America great again. Concluding the address, he 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.
“Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you. God bless America.”
Friday may just have been President Donald J. Trump’s first day on the job but he immediately got to work. Here are five things the 45th President of the United States has already done with just a little over 24 hours in office.
- During the heated Presidential campaign, one of Donald Trump’s key campaign promises was to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The affordable care act or Obamacare which is nicknamed the unaffordable care act by some critics has received a lot of heat and in one of his first steps as president, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order targeting Obamacare. He gave the executive order that federal departments were to “minimise the economic burden” of the act
- President Donald J. Trump’s team overhauled the White House website replacing former President Obama’s policies with President Trump’s new agenda. Trump’s administration listed only six issues on the website – energy, foreign policy, jobs and growth, military, law enforcement and trade deals. They also included President Trump’s pledge to roll back Barack Obama’s strategy on climate change.
- President Donald J. Trump sent his Cabinet nominations to the Senate.
- He also signed a waiver to allow his pick for defence secretary, General James Mattis, to serve despite leaving the military less than the required seven years ago. General James Mattis was then sworn in by Vice-President Mike Pence who also swore in John Kelly as head of Homeland Security.
- President Donald J. Trump also signed a proclamation declaring a national day of patriotism.
The President closed off his first day in office with a dance with his FLOTUS, Melania Trump.