WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, assuming the mantle of 45th president of the United States on Friday, pledged an “America first” administration that would take power from do-nothing politicians and return it to “forgotten” Americans.
Trump, a combative New York real estate mogul who harnessed a powerful populist message for a deeply divided country in his first bid for public office, took the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” he told the crowd as a light drizzle settled over Washington. ” And I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never, ever let you down.”
Wearing an overcoat and bright red tie and instantly recognizable by his long, swept back blond hair, Trump raised his right hand to take the oath of office, placing his left hand on two Bibles — his own, and one used by Abraham Lincoln in 1861.
He then delivered a brief, but darkly-toned address to the nation and the hundreds of thousands of people gathered in front of the Capitol.
“We citizens of America are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all our people,” Trump said. “Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come.”
He pledged to transfer power from Washington and to (give) it back to you, the people.”
He vowed to bring back jobs and to protect the border and drew loud applause from the by vowing to eradicate “radical islam.”… see more