- Donald Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. He's just taken the oath of office on the West Front of the Capitol.
The combative billionaire businessman and television celebrity won election in November over Democrat Hillary Clinton, and today he's leading a profoundly divided country - one that's split between Americans enthralled and horrified by his victory.
The unorthodox politician and the Republican-controlled Congress are already charting a newly conservative course for the nation. And they're promising to reverse the work of the 44th president, Barack Obama.
President Trump declared his victory a victory for working people.
Trump said in his inauguration speech: "Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another," but "transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you, the people."
Trump added that, for too long, too few have had power and the people have paid the price.
He says: "Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed."
He says, "That all changes starting right here and right now."
Trump is also thanking former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama for their "gracious" aid through the transition.
|Story By: Associated Press