Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of United States by the country’s Chief Justice John Roberts. The ceremony was in line with the trend of peaceful transfer of power, which has been the hallmark of the American democratic system. The ceremony took place on a raised platform located on the West Front of the Capitol, which was lined up with several American National Flags. Donald Trump took oath by placing his left hand on two Bibles, one that dates back to his childhood days and another that belonged to Abraham Lincoln. While keeping the left hand on the two Bibles, he raised his right hand in the air and took the oath to preserve, protect and defend the constitution.
The ceremony was held amidst gray skies and in front of thousands of people, who occupied most of the way from the Capitol stretching up to the Washington Monument. Enthusiastic Trump supporters had gathered in vast numbers, with several wearing red hats that had “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan printed on them. Trump took the oath from Chief Justice John Roberts with the new First Lady Melania Trump standing by his side.
Many prominent people were present during the ceremony including former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton was also there to show her support for national unity and the peaceful transfer of presidential authority. However, the rift was also visible, as dozens of Democratic lawmakers boycotted the swearing-in ceremony.
With Donald Trump taking oath as America’s 45th President, it is a great day for Republicans, as they are now in control of the White House after a gap of eight years. Trump made various statements during the ceremony – “Today is your day…People have become the rulers again…the forgotten people won’t be forgotten now”; “With today’s ceremony, we are transferring the power to the people”; “Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come”.
Trump also thanked Barack Obama and Michelle for smooth transfer of power.