It’s official: at exactly noon on January 20, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the US.
Supreme Court Chief Justice United States John Roberts administered the oath of office to Trump, as he vowed to “faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States.” As he took the oath, Trump placed his hand on the Bible used by President Lincoln at his first inauguration, which was also used by President Obama at both of his inauguration ceremonies.
In 2009, President Obama had to retake the oath of office after Roberts stumbled on the wording. Roberts flubbed the oath, accidentally rearranging the word “faithfully.” Obama then repeated the incorrect version, saying he would execute “the office of president of the United States faithfully.”
Moments after the swearing in, the Twitter Potus account changed its photo with one of Obama to one of Trump.
And some thoughts from Bloomberg on the now official transition:
Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, vowing sweeping change in policies governing energy, immigration, financial regulation, job creation, tax policy and health care.
Trump isn’t facing the fragile economy and wars inherited by outgoing President Obama, yet he comes to office with the challenge of a deeply divided country and questions about how Russia affected the election
Trump’s approval rating is 40%, according to Gallup, making him the first president since national polling began in the late 1930s to assume office with approval from fewer than half of Americans
He also faces some resistance within his own Republican Party over relations with Russia, as well as increased spending for a major infrastructure initiative
Still, Trump has repeatedly defied doubters, even from within is own party, and rode a populist wave to connect with white working-class Americans seeking a new direction
While the Senate is set later today to vote on Trump’s Defense and Homeland Security nominees, Trump’s team is working to overcome criticism from Democrats over potential conflicts of interest and ethical issues for other Cabinet picks
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters yesterday that the new administration will be busy over the weekend reviewing executive actions Trump will take at the start of his presidency to shape policy
Trump set to give his inauguration speech momentarily