Donald Trump sworn-in as 45th US President

The White House said that US foreign policy under President Donald Trump will put America first and will be based on the principle of peace through strength.

Jan 21, 2017 08:17 IST
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Donald Trump sworn-in as US President Donald Trump was sworn-in as the 45th President of the United States on 20 January 2017. He was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice John Roberts.

In the ceremony, Trump placed his left hand on two bibles including the historic Abraham Lincoln Bible and recited the oath of the office to become the most powerful man on this Earth.

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With this swearing-in, Trump took over the reins from Barack Obama amid expectations of radical change in policies and apprehension at home and abroad.

Apart from Trump, Mike Pence was also sworn-in as the Vice President of the United States. He took the oath of the office before Trump.

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The oath-taking ceremony was held in front of about 8 lakh people who visited the National Mall in the centre of the capital to celebrate the occasion.

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Major Highlights of Trump’s maiden address to the nation

• Trump who addressed the nation from the US Capitol has promised to rebuild the nation.

• He also promised to bring back their dreams wherein America First will be the key to his governance.

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• He also said that he will address the ills which are plaguing the nation like drugs, crime and gun violence.

• He said his administration will follow two simple rules - buy American and hire American.

In addition to this, Trump also renewed his promise to attack the radical Islamic terrorism. He said that he will eradicate it completely from the face of Earth. He assured the world that his administration does not want to impose its governance over other countries. He said America will seek friendship with the world while recognising that countries abroad had a right to govern themselves as they see fit.

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Sworn-in and the Bill

Moments after swearing-in as the 45th President of the United States, Trump signed his first bill into a law. The bill would allow retired General James Mattis to serve as defence secretary of the nation. According to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, the bill waves off the legal requirement that an appointee to the post of defence secretary should have and that is that he should be out of the military for seven years before doing so.

Earlier, the bill that waves off the legal requirements was passed by the Congress earlier in January 2017. Still, Mattis need to be confirmed by the Senate.

Apart from this, Trump also signed an executive order that directs executive agencies to prepare for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The executive order was signed as Trump administration has ordered a freeze on all new government regulations.

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