Donald Trump’s inauguration
A solemn inauguration of the USA’s 45th President, Donald Trump, has started today in Washington D.C.
The inaugural ceremony started with musical performance at 9:30 a.m. (EST). Jackie Evancho, 16, will perform the National anthem during the ceremony. Then the religious leaders will make their statement and afterwards the Vice-President, Michael Pence, will be sworn in. President-elect Donald Trump will take oath at 12noon.
During the concert in Washington D.C. on the eve, Donald Trump pledged to ‘unite’ America. “We are going to unite our country…We want to make America great for all of our people. Everybody, everybody, throughout all of our country. That includes the inner cities,” Donald Trump stated at the end of a 2-hour concert.
Speaking on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, the president-elect also promised to bring change, including to create new jobs, build up the military and strengthen the borders.
Donald Trump’s inauguration is underway amidst the reports on the U.S. intelligence agencies’ inquiry into the activity of the President-elect’s allies. As the New York Times reported, the U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies were investigating possible ties between Donald Trump’s entourage and Russian officials. As reported, the investigation concerns Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, as well as Trump’s foreign policy advisor on Russia and Europe, Carter Page and his longtime ally and advisor, Roger Stone.
On the eve, the outgoing U.S. President, Barack Obama, released a farewell letter addressed to his electorate. “All that I’ve learned in my time in office, I’ve learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man,” reads Obama’s letter.
Ex-President also reminded about the achievements made during his term in office – the advancements in the medicine and Hi-Tech sphere, access to medical services for the majority of the U.S. population, legalization of same-sex marriages and assistance to refugees.
At the end of the letter Barack Obama called on the American people, irrespective of their political affiliation, to remain the decent citizens of the country they live in: “And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We the People.’ ‘We shall overcome’, ‘Yes, we can’, Obama noted.
What the 44th President is going to do after leaving the White House is yet unknown. He will probably get engaged in public activity and lecturing. He denied reports about his alleged appointment as the Supreme Court judge.
According to the BBC, as he stated in his interviews on the number of occasions, he has said he wants to help nurture the next generation of Democrat leaders – and ideally run an NBA basketball team.