Donald Trump sworn in as 45th president of the United States

"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".

As the ABC's Washington bureau chief Zoe Daniel reported previous year, a billionaire businessman promising to bring back jobs and factories was an attractive proposition to many voters.

The leader of Bikers for Trump, a band of motorcycle enthusiasts who often were an unofficial security force at Donald Trump's campaign events, said they were standing down rather than confront thousands of protesters at the inauguration.

He attacked Democrats during the campaign, but also pledged to "drain the swamp in Washington". The city's Metro system also reported fewer riders for the day than in any inauguration since at least 2005. "One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores".

"The establishment protected itself", President Trump said, "but not the citizens of our country".

The new president's speech tracked numerous themes and promises he made during his campaign.

This visceral statement seemed to strike the same chord as what Trump described as "carnage" in multiple key facets of American life.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. Even here, however, we've questioned Trump's apparent disinterest in digging into USA intelligence allegations that Russian Federation meddled with the presidential contest in a bid to hand the blustery billionaire populist the upper hand.

Donald Trump sworn in as 45th president of the United States
Donald Trump sworn in as 45th president of the United States

At an October 2015 rally in Richmond, Va., Trump proclaimed to throngs of cheering supporters, "This is a movement going on". Once he has arrived at the White House, Mr. Trump will watch the rest of the parade from a reviewing stand there. "Everyone is listening to you now". That I can tell you.

After taking the oath of office, Trump will give an inaugural address, a tradition dating back to George Washington.

He added: "America will start winning again, winning like never before".

Everyone erupted in cheers on the other side of the convention center as Trump stopped first at the "Liberty Ball" - where all three balls the new president said he'll attend are being held. From this moment on, it's going to be America first.

Delivering his inaugural address, President Trump said: "Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families".

Despite a bitter election in which the victor garnered nearly 3 million votes than the loser, both Republicans and Democrats participated in the traditional transition.

At exactly noon, with skies threatening but holding off on rain, he was administered the oath of office by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.With his wife Melania, dressed in a powder blue coat to accompany his red power tie, standing next to him, he was sworn in with his hands on two Bibles, one that was used by President Lincoln and the other a Bible given to Trump by his mother in 1955. He also talked about patriotism in suitably lofty and human terms, saying: "At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other".

  • Latoya Cobb