Trump said that his inauguration marked the start of a “new decree” that all policies will put America first.

Donald J. Trump sworn in as 45th president at 10.30 PM IST. Trump promises to transfer power from Washington to ‘you, the people’. President Trump began his inaugural address by saying that the citizens of America are joining “a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.”

He thanked President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their “gracious aid” during the transition. “They have been magnificent,” Trump said.

Then he quickly turned to criticizing the Washington “establishment,” saying that the inauguration is not really about a transfer of power from one administration to another — or one party to another — but from the nation’s capital “back to you, the people.”

Trump said that his inauguration marked the start of a “new decree” that all policies will put America first.

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this forward it is going to be only America first, America first,” Trump said as the crowd chanted campaign slogans.

Trump said the new era will include two rules: buy American and hire American. He said it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

“We will shine for everyone to follow,” he said.

But Trump’s speech sounds just like a campaign speech. “Jan. 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day that the people became the rulers of this nation again,” President Trump declared at the start of his inaugural address. The line echoed his signature “Make America Great Again” campaign theme.

In fact, much of the early part of Trump’s speech echoed the messages he underscored in his campaign — for example, that Washington has left regular citizens behind, and politicians have prospered at their expense.

As Trump discussed the past, the tone and themes were dark — much like the rhetoric he used on the campaign trail.

“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by our people,” said Trump.

Also echoing his campaign rhetoric, he argued that his administration will usher in a new era.

“We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own, and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay,” he said.

“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” he said. “America will start winning again. Winning like never before.

“We will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our borders, we will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams.”

Meanwhile protesters who had promised to shut down the city for the inauguration were successful at several security checkpoints Friday morning, as they slowed crowds from entering onto the Mall and, in one spot, stopped them completely.

“Shut it down!” protesters shouted at the checkpoint at John Marshall Park. There, five black men stood at the front of the crowd, chained together, blocking the path.

Brought to D.C. from places across the country, the five men were protesting on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement. As they stood together, they shouted that by protesting, “all we have to lose is our chains.”

Police began redirecting people to other entrances at about 8:30 a.m., though police officials said they have not officially shut down any checkpoints. An officer at the location said the size of the protest will determine whether the checkpoint remains blocked or if people will be allowed to enter again today.

As protesters at the spot shouted “This is what democracy looks like,” a Trump supporter countered. He pointed to the other side of the fence and said, “This is what democracy looks like but I can’t get to it because of you!”

Michael Henning came from Dalton, Ohio, to see the events on the Mall and expressed frustration with how the police handled the situation.

“We drove 20 hours and now we can’t get in,” Henning said. “Everyone should have just brought guns and had it out, I’d be happy if they just dropped a bomb on them.”

At another moment, just before 10:30 a.m., a large group of black-clad protesters — self-described as anti-capitalist and antifascist — made their way south on 13th Street near K Street, throwing newspaper boxes and garbage cans into the street and trying to set them on fire, leaving them smoldering. They also broke glass at bus stops and businesses and smashed the windows of a limousine. Loud bangs sounded out from fireworks they lit.


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