Donald Trump has been sworn in as US president. His first moves as leader showcased a policy of protectionism and patriotism.Many seats were left empty near the White House as President Donald Trump finished his inaugural parade on Friday. The newly-minted 45th President of the United States concluded a lackluster day in Washington under the guiding message of “America first.”
“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” said the new president after taking the oath of office, promising to unite a divided country by promoting domestic industry and patriotism. In his short speech, Trump did little to build bridges to those who did not vote for him, despite losing the popular vote by a margin of nearly 2.9 million.
Despite the fact that his Republican party now controls both the White House and Congress, Trump added a swipe at Washington elites, saying: “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.”
Mostly peaceful protests
After his speech, President Trump joined the presidential motorcade to ride from the Capitol building to the White House. He, along with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron, walked a short distance, waved at the crowds, and then got back inside their vehicle. In the background, protestors holding signs that said things like “Trump = Putin” were much more visible than the new leader’s supporters.
Indeed, many news outlets noted the difference in turnout to Barack Obama’s. Attendance on Friday was about half the number who came out to see Obama take the oath of office in 2009.
Although demonstrations were mostly peaceful, protestors and journalists took to social media to report that police had begun deployed stun grenades and tear gas and scuffles broke out between anti-Trump campaigners and security services. Fire was seen rising from a limo that had been set ablaze in the clashes, and footage uploaded to Twitter by some reporters showed some people breaking the windows of some Washington storefronts. Police later said they arrested around 200 people were arrested over the commotion.
White House website scrubbed
One of the first things that marked the transition to the Trump presidency was an overhaul of the White House website, removing any mention of climate policy or legislation to protect minorities, including everyone from Native Americans to the LGBT community.
In place of the copious policy details outlined by the Obama administration were six vague descriptions of items like “America First Energy Plan” and “Making Our Military Strong Again.”
“Peace through strength will be at the center of that foreign policy,” according to Whitehouse.gov.
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer announced that one of the new president’s first actions as president will be to create a national day of patriotism, in addition to the Fourth of July, Patriots’ Day, and the US’ two holidays to celebrate its armed forces – Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. In fact in some states, there is already a holiday called Patriots’ Day celebrating the start of the Revolunitary War.
Shortly after the Trump family entered the White House, Congress began confirming the new president’s cabinet picks. Defense Secretary James Mattis quickly became the first of Trump’s nominees to be approved.