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Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day
President Donald Trump dances with first lady Melania Trump at the Liberty Ball, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)
In an inaugural address fired with the populist fuel of his norm-shattering campaign, President Donald Trump on Friday vowed to take on entrenched interests in Washington, secure America's borders, fix its infrastructure, bring back factory jobs, and wipe out terrorism. "The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer," he promised. "You will never be ignored again."
Trump portrayed parts of the country as suffering through economic devastation — a bleak landscape of shuttered factories, despairing parents, undocumented immigrants, and at the mercy of drugs and gangs.
"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," he said from the steps of the Capitol. "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."
Looking overseas, the 45th president vowed to enlist old allies and new ones in a war that will not end until it sweeps away "radical Islamic terrorism" — a phrase shunned by his two immediate predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who sat behind him during the remarks.
"We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones, and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth," Trump predicted. He did not name Russia, but the president is known to favor closer ties with Moscow.
As he did during his improbable campaign, Trump cast himself less as a Republican and more as an outsider prepared to shake up Washington and take on "the establishment," including many of the assembled politicians who watched him speak the 35 words of the oath of office.
"We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action — constantly complaining but never doing anything about it," he said. "The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action."
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