In his last engagement as President-elect, Donald Trump was accompanied by his model wife Melania at a black tie dinner for celebrities and high-profile supporters.
The 70 year old entrepreneur took the stage at Union Station after a hectic day in the capital. Melania, 46, was by his side as he thanked supporters and advisers ahead of officially becoming the 45th president of the United States.
Former reality star Mr Trump was in good spirits, joking that if it rained while he was being sworn in, then at least people would realise that his hair was real. Among those invited to the dinner were Caitlyn Jenner, singer Jackie Evancho and Rupert Murdoch’s ex wife Wendy Deng, who is a good friend of Ivanka Trump. Business entrepreneurs were also at the event, including members of the Kraft family. Two of a number of women who have accused former president Bill Clinton of sexual assault were also there.
While there were some microphone issues at the start of his speech, Mr Trump’s booming voice still got his message across. He spoke of how the country’s political map had changed to large swathes of red during November’s election result, adding that this was because of his hard work, and that of his supporters.
He thanked all of his new cabinet members and his donors, giving special thanks to his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who has been appointed Senior Adviser in his new team. He also paid tribute to all of his children, saying that Tiffany was “incredible,” and joking that Ivanka had married well. Her husband Jared Kushner is set to take on an unpaid role as Mr Trump’s senior adviser.
Barron, aged ten, is thought to have stayed at home because of his young age, but Eris and Donald Jr attended the dinner along with their wives. They will be staying to see their father sworn in before heading back to take control of his huge business empire during the years he is in office.