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Trump becomes 45th President of the United States

President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address

after being sworn in as the 45th President of the United

States on Friday, January 20.

Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States Friday during a time-honored inauguration ceremony that encapsulated the peaceful transfer of power that is a hallmark of American democracy.

On a raised platform on the flag-draped West Front of the Capitol, Trump placed his left hand on one Bible that dates from his childhood and another that belonged to Abraham Lincoln and raised his right hand in the air as he promised to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.
Under gray skies and in front of a crowd stretching most of the way from the Capitol toward the Washington Monument, Trump took the oath from Chief Justice John Roberts with the new first lady Melania Trump by his side.
Trump revived some of the hardline rhetoric from the campaign during his inaugural address.
“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” Trump said with Obama looking on.
“We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, and in every foreign capital and in every hall of power,” Trump said. “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!”
“A new national pride will stir out souls, lift our sights and heal our divisions,” Trump said, saying that whether people are black or white they still bleed the same red blood of patriots.
And he told Americans listening to the address: “You will never be ignored again.”
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also attended the ceremony. Hillary Clinton, who Trump defeated in the November election, was also in the audience in a show of support for national unity and the peaceful transfer of presidential authority.
The swearing-in was one of many traditions that began unfolding early Friday morning. Trump and his family attended a private worship service at St. John’s Church, known as the church of presidents. The Obamas greeted Trump and the new first lady, Melania Trump, at the North Portico of the White House before hosting them for tea.
Earlier in the morning, Barack Obama wrote a letter to Trump and left it on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, as outgoing presidents typically do for their successors. As Obama left the Oval Office for the final time, he was asked if he had any words for the American people. “Thank you,” Obama said.
The customs and symbolism that are playing out — from Trump’s ride to the Capitol with Obama to the First Couple’s dance at an inaugural ball — are familiar. But the circumstances of this inauguration — the 58th in the nation’s history — could hardly be more unconventional.
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How They Got Here – Donald Trump

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Donald Trump

2015

Launches his Presidential bid on June 16

2005

The New York State Education Department writes Trump University, alleging the organization doesn’t meet requirements to be called a “university” and isn’t chartered as such; in 2013, the state’s attorney general files suit. Other lawsuits related to Trump University are filed in subsequent years

Correction: An earlier timeline item misidentified the year New York filed its lawsuit regarding Trump University. It was 2013.

Launches Trump University

Marries Melania Knauss

2004

First hosts the reality show “The Apprentice,” which inspires “The Celebrity Apprentice” and other spinoffs — shows still airing on NBC today

1999

Forms a presidential exploratory committee, flirting with a run in subsequent election cycles

Opens his first golf course in West Palm Beach, Florida

1996

Purchases the Miss Universe Organization, which he sold in 2015

1993

Marries Marla Maples

1991

Testifies at his first congressional hearing, on the state of the economy

Files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on the Taj Mahal casino; he’ll file for bankruptcy three more times in Atlantic City, in 1992, 2004 and 2009

1989

Makes his first political campaign contribution, according to the Center for Responsive Politics

1987

Publishes his first book, “The Art of the Deal”

Establishes The Donald J. Trump Foundation for charitable giving

1983

Completes Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City

1977

Marries Ivana Zelnícková

1976

Buys the Commodore Hotel in Manhattan with the Hyatt Organization, negotiating for a 40-year tax break for what becomes the Grand Hyatt

1974

Becomes president of his father’s business, which later becomes The Trump Organization

1972

The Trumps sell Swifton Village in Cincinnati, Donald’s first real estate project, at a profit of roughly half a million dollars

1968

Graduates from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance and Commerce

1946

Donald John Trump is born on June 14 in Queens, New York