Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States
On January 20, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
The Inauguration was held at the U.S. Capitol building. It is in Washington, D.C. Around noon, Trump took the oath of office. He promised to “preserve, protect, and defend” the U.S. Constitution. Then he gave a speech.
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” Trump said. “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first.” He said he would create jobs. He also said he would keep the country safe.
The peaceful handover of power is important in our democracy. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama took part in the Inauguration. So did three former presidents.
Free speech is also part of American democracy. On January 21, the Women’s March on Washington took place. People spoke out against the new president.
“We want equality for all,” Carol Sobh, of New Jersey, told TFK. Marches took place in cities across the U.S. and around the world.
Many at the Inauguration, however, were moved by Trump’s words. “He talked about things that mattered to us,” said Juliana Ghorra, 12, of New York.
Jamie Wilson is also from New York. “Every American, if they’re able, should come to an Inauguration, whether it’s somebody you support or not,” Wilson said. “This is a day for everybody.”
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Words to Remember
Since 1789, U.S. presidents have given Inauguration speeches. Read about three presidents and their speeches. Then answer the questions.
1. Which person became president in 1933?
2. Which president encouraged Americans to volunteer to help others?
3. Which person was president during the Civil War?
4. Which president would you like to know more about? Do research to learn about his life.