International desk – Donald Trump has sworn in as the 45th President of the United States amid cheers by his supporters and protests by the opponents.
In an address during a historic transfer of power that encapsulates American democracy even in politically divisive times, the new President said Americans are now looking for the future.
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, CNN reports.
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.
He made a number of promises to make US a wonderful nation – America wealthy again, great again and proud again.
“This is your day. This is your celebration, and this, United States of America, is your country,” he said.
He also thanked President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, whom he called “magnificent.”
Trump added that he would “fight” for America, and that he would “never, ever, ever” let the people down.
And he touched on some of the biggest topics from his campaign, such as border security and job creation. “We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.”
Trump, President Barack Obama and their families were at the Capitol as the inauguration ceremony began.
The traditions of the day 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 soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump at the North Portico of the White House before hosting them for tea.
Obama left the White House for the final time as president, riding alongside Trump to Capitol Hill.
Earlier in the morning, 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.
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also attended the ceremonies. Hillary Clinton, who Trump defeated in the November election, is also at the Capitol in a show of support for national unity and the peaceful transfer of presidential authority.
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.
When the presidential primary season began nearly a year ago, few thought Trump could survive the battle for the Republican nomination — much less beat Clinton to win the presidency. He will be the oldest president sworn in for a first term and the first president with no previous diplomatic, political or military executive experience.
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Protesters have smashed windows and clashed with riot police on Washington’s streets.