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Trump swears in as the 45th president of the United States

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By Rachael Yadlowsky – Collegiate Staff

Friday, Jan. 20, Donald J. Trump, was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

The inauguration day began with an 8:30 a.m church service at Saint John’s Church. Both President-elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence attended the service with their families and cabinet members.

At noon, President Trump and Vice-President Pence were sworn in before an estimated crowd of 700,000.

Trump began his inaugural speech by thanking the Obamas and the transition team for a smooth transition between power.

“Today’s ceremony however, has very special meaning,” Trump said. “Because 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 D.C and giving it back to you, the people.”

Trump continued his speech by saying that while Washington is flourishing, the people have not shared in its wealth.

“Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed,” Trump said. “The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.”

Trump also spoke about how the United States has made other countries prosper while the strength of the U.S. disappeared.

“But that is in the past,” Trump said. “And now we are looking only to the future.”

“From this day forward it is going to be totally America first.”

Trump spoke about reinforcing old alliances and creating new ones to unite the civilized countries against Islamic terrorists.

“Through our loyalty to our country we will rediscover our loyalty to each other,” Trump said.

Trump concluded his speech by stating his “Make America Great Again” slogan. The inauguration concluded with several meetings that President Trump and Vice-President Pence attended and ended with a Liberty and Freedom Ball.

Though there were many celebrations held by Trump supporters around the nation, many Americans are protesting. Protesters gathered in downtown D.C. where police were dressed in riot gear and shields and armed with sound grenades and pepper spray.. Many protesters were throwing rocks, traffic cones and trash cans at police officers.

A Women’s March on Washington is planned  for today, Jan. 21. What started off as a facebook post turned into an enormous march on the National Mall. Organizers of the march expect around 200,000 marchers to gather.

Organizers say that the march isn’t all about Trump, but instead to remind the country to expand and protect women’s rights.

A four hour rally will start the march near the National Museum of the American Indian. The rally will feature speakers including  Angela Davis and Gloria Steinem among others.

An estimated 1,200 buses are expected to bring marchers to the D.C. march today. Five of those busses were stationed at Fountain Street Church across the street from the Grand Rapids Community College.

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