Donald Trump Officially Becomes the 45th President of the United States

By Alex and Lindsey Diamond

On January 20th, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Trump’s 16 minute Inaugurational speech stressed various ideas on what to reform, including education, stimulating the economy with adding more jobs, protecting our borders, and overall taking power from the government and disperse it back to the citizens of America.

The speech kicks off with Trump’s wishes to rebuild our country, alluding to his whole campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” The hardships of reshaping our country were not neglected, but recognized abruptly in the speech in one of the first sentences. Even though Trump communicated these challenges, he followed it up with, “…We will get the job done.” Lastly in the beginning of the speech, Trump also mentioned how grateful he was the transition of power between his family and the Obama’s went peacefully.

The speech quickly spiraled into the topic of government. Trump expressed many times the government overall controls the country, and the people are solely outsiders and hold minimum power. He spoke about how the government’s triumphs are not our own triumphs, and they prosper while we struggle. Trump promised in his inauguration speech, “…we are transferring power from Washington D.C., and giving it back to you.” Many other issues were spoken of, such as crime rate, families struggling in inner-cities, and the failing education system. He did not offer direct solutions, however he said, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”  

Trump then transitioned to talking about his major policy vision for the future, “America First”, which he said would benefit American workers and families. Through this policy, Trump said that “every decision on trade, on taxes, on foreign affairs” would be made to “benefit American workers and American families”. He said that his protection will lead to “great prosperity and strength” and that he wouldn’t let anyone down. Trump next said that the country will be winning because they will be able to bring back their jobs, borders, wealth, dreams. He also claimed that he’ll start infrastructure projects and get people off of welfare and working. In foreign affairs, Trump said that the US will seek friendship with the world while not neglecting themselves in the process. “We do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.” Trump also said that debate is alright, but everyone should be loyal to the US in the end. Trump promoted military officials and police officers, saying that “we are protected and we will always be protected”.

Trump concluded the speech with a mentioned about the equal circumstances that any American can achieve. “Whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the wind-swept plains of Nebraska, they look at the same night sky.” He finished off his speech by mentioning his many points as a variation of his traditional catchphrase. “Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together, we will make America great again.”

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