WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald John Trump became the 45th President of the United States Friday with former Indiana Governor Mike Pence becoming the 48th Vice President.
In front of a crowd of politicians, dignitaries and the American people, Trump struck a conciliatory note during his inaugural address, pledging that America is a country for all. He railed against politicians who profited while leaving regular people behind.
He again recounted his famed campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
“January 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became rules of the nation again,” Trump said, striking the same populist tone that propelled him into the White House.
“This moment is your moment. It belongs to you,” he said.
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”
Trump said America’s leaders had forgotten to serve its citizenry. The infrastructure was a shambles, he said, and jobs were leaving the country. He called his oath of office an “oath of allegiance” to the American people.
He promised to put America first.
“We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American,” he said. “We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we will do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow,” he said.
He called upon the other nations of the world to unite against the threat of radical Islamic extremism.
“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.”
He also called for the American people to answer to call.
“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice,” he said. “The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.”
He contended that when America is united, America is “unstoppable.”
Here’s a look at the schedule for the inauguration (click here for the official program):
“The President’s Own”
United States Marine Band
Call to Order
The Honorable Roy Blunt
United States Senator, Missouri
Readings & Invocation:
His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Reverend Dr. Samuel Rodriguez
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Pastor Paula White-Cain
New Destiny Christian Center
Missouri State University Chorale
The Vice Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Michael Richard Pence by Justice Thomas
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
The Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Donald John Trump by the Chief Justice of the United States
Donald John Trump
The President of the United States
Readings & Benediction
Rabbi Marvin Hier
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Reverend Franklin Graham
Samaritan's Purse and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Bishop Wayne T. Jackson
Great Faith Ministries International
The National Anthem