Donald Trump has been inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.
He took the oath of office in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., just before noon local time.
The 70-year-old real-estate magnate beat his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in a shocking victory in the 2016 election, and he will start off his administration with Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Washington for the big event, and Trump has been promoting the inauguration festivities on his Twitter account for days.
Trump is expected to sign several executive orders shortly after his swearing in.
Immediately after his inauguration, Trump delivered his inaugural address.
“Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, DC, and giving it back to you, the people,” Trump said.
“For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of our nation’s government while our people have borne the cost.”
Trump attacked the Washington establishment throughout his speech and focused his praise on the American people.
“This moment is your moment. It belongs to you,” Trump said. “It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.”
Trump said his inauguration would be remembered as the day “the people became the rulers of this nation again.”
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” Trump said. “Everyone is listening to you now.”
Trump also described the poverty, job loss, and crime that he said plagued the country.
“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” he said.
He commented on foreign policy and the economy, saying the US’s military and wealth had been depleted at the expense of other countries.
“We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay,” Trump said. “We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.”
Trump also described American factories shutting down and jobs moving overseas.
“But that is the past,” he said. “And we are now looking to the future.”
He also touted his “America first” motto that seemed to inform much of his foreign and domestic policy throughout his campaign.
“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” he said. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”
Trump also pushed a message of unity at a time when the country is bitterly divided on partisan lines.
“Whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots,” he said.
Using his campaign slogan, Trump ended his address by saying that “together, we will make America great again.”
President Trump: “We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And, yes, together, we will make America great again.” pic.twitter.com/w5rZOd7sn8
— ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2017
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