Entrepreneur, reality star, President-elect, and now President, Donald Trump promised to fight for the people of America with “every breath in my body” as he was officially sworn in to the world’s most powerful job. “I will never, ever let you down,” he added.
President Trump said that “America first” would be the principle his government would abide by. While he recently promised Britain that he was ready to do a trade deal following Brexit, he told the American people: “We will follow two simple rules. Buy American and hire American,” indicating a much more insular way of doing business.
His inauguration speech, at 1,453 words, was the shortest for decades, since that of Jimmy Carter when he came to power in 1977. He said that every decision he made on trade, taxes, immigration and foreign affairs would be made to protect American interests.
However, his inauguration was, as expected, targeted by protesters, who could be heard blowing whistles and shouting. However, it was only muffled noise in the distance and President Trump spoke his oath of office cleary, while placing his hand on a bible being held by his new First Lady Melania.
Looking to the future
He said that there had been economic decline during President Barack Obama’s time in office, telling hundreds of thousands of people who had assembled: “The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and redistributed all over the world. But that is the past. We are looking only to the future.”
President Trump’s advisers were glowing about the tone of his speech. Lt Gen Mike Flynn, who is the president’s national security adviser said he thought it was an amazing speech from a president who stood for all Americans. Meanwhile, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama said it had been a good day.