Donald Trump President Inauguration Address Speech

Donald Trump Gives Inaugural Address as President: 'This Is Your Country'

Donald Trump kicked off his presidency Friday with a fiery populist inaugural address, vowing to return the nation’s power to the American people.

Outside Washington D.C.’s Capitol Building, Trump took the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States, with the oath administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. He then addressed the nation for the first time as President, calling his new administration “a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people… We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.”

Trump railed against the Washington establishment and promised “we are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.” He complained that in years past, “politicians prospered, but the jobs left, and factories closed… That all changes, starting right here, and right now. This moment is your moment. It belongs to you. This is your country.”

He declared that today, his inauguration day, “will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”

Donald Trump President Inauguration Speech AddressTrump painted a bleak picture of “American carnage” under the previous administration, with “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation” and the “sad depletion of our military.” But he dismissed all that as the past: “Now we are looking only to the future.”

He said he plans to seek “friendship and goodwill” with foreign governments, but he also had a stern message for leaders all over the world: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first.” He also called upon all American citizens to come together after a contentious campaign: “When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.”

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He did strike a conciliatory note, saying that “when you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.” And he said all races are united by love of country: “Whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.” Trump closed with his usual campaign motto: “We will make America great again.”

An estimated 900,000 people attended Trump’s swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address on Friday, but more than 50 Democratic members of Congress chose not to attend as a form of protest against Trump’s conservative agenda. Outgoing president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle did attend the ceremony, along with former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter and Trump’s campaign opponent Hillary Clinton.

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50 Comments
  1. Sue says:

    Okay TV LINE now that he’s been installed can you drop coverage. We come here for entertainment news. If we want to read about him we will go to other sources. #blackfriday

  2. Jj says:

    If he wants the people to have the power maybe he can step side and let the people have the president most of them voted for.

    • BrightLight says:

      Well if he stepped aside now, we’d get Mike Pence, so we’d be no better off. And if Mike Pence stepped aside, we’d be stuck with Paul Ryan, so there’s really no good option at this point.

    • JaneLane says:

      Our country doesn’t elect based on the popular vote. We use the electoral college. That’s how it’s done here. You don’t like it? Find a country that elects on the popular vote.
      Jesus, people will complain over everything. I’m not really a fan of his, but I thought the speech was pretty good. Why shouldn’t we put America first? Why shouldn’t we put an end to overpaid politicians looking out for their own interests instead of the American people. When you act like your opinion is the only one that matters, this is what happens.

      • Joey says:

        “America First” is an anti-Semitic slogan used by people during World War II who claimed that Jewish Americans were pushing the US to enter the war because they put their own interests ahead of the country’s.
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        Also, the speech was typical Trump: claim the the US is garbage and he’s the only one who can fix it.

        • Geo says:

          Yeah, and considering the actual white nationalists who’ve been part of his campaign, it’s hard to imagine that Trump– or more specifically whoever wrote that speech sure, sure, it was him)– doesn’t know this. Let’s just be surprised he didn ‘t declare that he was the “final solution” to this country’s problems.

        • ragnar51 says:

          Just when you think you’ve heard the last impossible jump to the holocaust..here it is!

          • Joey says:

            Funny how you complain that I’m making a comparison to the Holocaust, when it was Donald Trump who used an anti-Semitic 1940s slogan in the first place even after the Anti-Defamation League had asked him not to.

      • Jj says:

        I have no problem with the electoral college. But it’s hard to deliver a populist speech when the population didn’t want you.

        • Angela says:

          .There’s also his reliance on Russian hacking to help him win. That kinda negates his “this is what the people wanted” statements, too.

          • JaneLane says:

            Oh come on. You have to be kidding me. Even if it were definitely proven that the Russians were behind the Wikileaks, which it hasn’t been by the way, nothing that was released was untrue. If people chose not to vote for Hillary based on those emails, then it’s because they were disgusted with the way the DNC were doing things. That’s on the DNC, not on the people that did the hacking.

          • Angela says:

            I”m not talking about the DNC e-mail stuff. I’m talking about the investigations into Trump’s financial ties to Putin and other Russian interests, and the talk of them having compromising information on him. There seems to be an unsettling quid pro quo thing going on between Trump and the Russians here that benefited him, and that’s not exactly a good thing for our country.
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            And considering the way Trump kept talking about Putin during the election, I’m inclined to believe there is at least some truth to some of the stuff coming out in these investigations about his relationship to Russia, at least on the financial end.

      • Angela says:

        Why shouldn’t we put an end to overpaid politicians looking out for their own interests instead of the American people.
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        We absolutely should do something about that.
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        But anyone who honestly thinks Trump doesn’t fit the description of that kind of politician is …incredibly naive, to put it kindly.

        • JaneLane says:

          And Clinton wasn’t? She and bill were basically middle class at best before he was elected president. They are now millionaires. How is that possible if they hadn’t used their positions in government to line their own pockets. She was being paid millions of dollars to talk at events for people on Wall Street.

          To be completely honest, I didn’t support either of these candidates and this entire election had been embarrassing. My biggest issue is that people keep acting like Trump beat Lincoln. Hillary was a flawed candidate as well. It was depressing that these were the choices we had, but that’s the way it was, and these are the results according to the way our election process works.

          • Angela says:

            Never said she was perfect. She had her issues, too. But sorry, I’m just not buying this “people are tired of the same ol’, same ol’ in Washington” argument when many members of the “do-nothing” Congress people claimed they were so tired of got re-elected and when people elected a man who’s just as corrupt and shady as the politicians they say they hate, and whose cabinet picks thus far don’t exactly fit that “drain the swamp” BS he spouted.
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            I’m also tired of this “both choices were crap” argument floating around. Even if one doesn’t personally like Hillary, there is absolutely no question that she’s infinitely more qualified for this job than Trump is. Nobody’s saying Hillary is some sort of heavenly godsend for this country, but she would’ve been a damn sight better prepared for this job than the blundering fool we’ve got in there now.
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            And given some of the concerns about the ways in which Trump won, I think people have every right to question elements of the election process as a result.

      • S says:

        Non American here. Can I just ask you an honest question?

        Why just because someone doesn’t like how something is done that means they have to leave? I don’t understand the mentality of you don’t like it you can leave. It’s incredibly childish.

        Why can’t people voice their concern about something – say their electoral system ? They critique something because they believe it can be better.

        It’s literally the reason freedom of speech is in a countries constitution. To be able to critique what you believe should change

        • JaneLane says:

          Because this is the way our government has always worked. It works this way to ensure that the elitist in the most populated cities in the country don’t end up speaking for the country as a whole. It ensures that everyone’s voice is heard, regardless of where you live and how much money you have. These are the basic foundations of our country. My biggest problem with it is that the same people that are complaining about the electoral college, would have no problem with it if their candidate won the electoral college and lost the popular vote.
          All of this complaining is basically because people are sore losers and can’t accept the results. It has nothing to do with trying to make changes to our election process that would be beneficial.

          • S says:

            That’s not the question that I asked. I asked why in an argument or debate you go to this idea of if you don’t like it you can leave.

            Regardless of how you feel about their critique, that doesn’t mean that because they aren’t happy they should have to leave. Like is said it’s a childish argument. You a free to disagree with them but form a better argument than that.

      • badgerly says:

        Trump needs to realize we are a whole planet. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the grey matter to do so. Trump only reinforces permission for the United States of North America, to be the bully boys they’ve always been.

        • JaneLane says:

          would you feed your neighbors kid before you fed your own? I’m being serious. You only have enough to feed one kid, so you feed your own kid or the kid that lives next door?
          I’m all about helping other nations, if we’re in the position to do that, but we’re in trillions of dollars worth of debt. We have poor people living in this country that need our help. We have veterans in this country that are not being properly cared for.
          I think it’s time we get our own stuff together and then worry about other nations.
          If you have a job and haven’t ever had to worry about where your next meal is coming from, then consider yourself lucky. There are people in this country who are constantly struggling. Why is there no compassion for those people?

          • Maria says:

            Thank you! That analogy about feeding your own kids first…perfect!
            Unfortunately your words actually make sense, so people here will likely ignore you.

          • badgerly says:

            I never said you shouldn’t take care of your own first. You ignored my last sentence. I’m talking about international issues. Drumpf’s mantra has always been ‘make america great again’. He’ll do so at the expense of the rest of the world, regardless of the consequences.

          • badgerly says:

            @JaneLane: I never said you shouldn’t take care of your own first. You ignored my last sentence. I’m talking about international issues. Drumpf’s mantra has been ‘make America great again’. He’ll try to do so at the expense of the rest of the world, regardless of the consequences.

          • Chloe says:

            Well said, JaneLane! Charity begins at home. And the way we give, give, give to everyone else & leave our own in poverty has been a sore spot for me for years. America should put itself first, just as Canada should put itself first, Britain, etc, etc.

          • Carm says:

            Because in a democracy that values free speech, people are free to criticize their government. Last I heard, those are American values.

        • badgerly says:

          Sorry for the double post.

    • Andrea says:

      In terms of the Electoral College, that should have been a surprise to no one, regardless of who won the election. Using the Electoral College is how the United States has always voted for President. Hillary knew it, Trump knew it, and every other political candidate knew that was the deal. It’s taught as a part of high school civics and government classes. I voted, but my vote was not for either Hillary or Trump. If people don’t like Trump, I can respect disagreeing with his policies or not liking his personality. However, whining about the popular vote is just ignorance. That’s like being told the rules of the game before the race, agreeing to them, losing the race, and then saying you don’t like the rules.

  3. Angela says:

    “we are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.”
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    …uh-huh….
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    And his comments about different types of people-yeah, we remember the crap you spewed about Muslims and Mexicans, and the “birther” BS you spread about Obama for years, bud.

  4. TVFan says:

    I did not watch the swearing in or the speech. I did read the full text of the speech. Most of the speech read like good copy to be given by a politition looking to unite the country. However, it also seemed like it was a campaign speech, not an inauguration speech. He needs to realize that the campaigning is over. It is time to lead.
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    That being said, if this speech were delivered by anyone else, it could be viewed as semi-encouraging. Since it was delivered by a pathological liar who will change his opinion the next time the wind blows, I cannot believe he meant a single word of it.

  5. Geo says:

    Looking at his cabinet choices, it’s clear that “giving it back to you, the people” means giving it back to the super-rich and Goldman-Sachs. The Los Angeles Times has noted that Trump’s cabinet will be the wealthiest in US history. At least three of his main people are former employees of Goldman-Sachs. Another was the longtime CEO of Exxon. Others are billionaires.

    If you think this crew is going to spend their time worrying about the benefit of the common citizen, I have a cheap bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. But then again I guess they’re definitely going to be “giving it back to you, the people,” if your definition of “giving it back” is screwing you over in every way possible for the benefit of the super-rich.

  6. Ninamags says:

    LOL, where did you get that 900,000 figure from Dave?

    The crowd was NOWHERE near that amount. They showed pictures of completely empty bleachers on the parade route.

    • ragnar51 says:

      Maybe its because the conservative folk actually have jobs to go to and not just collect their welfare freebies??? BTW even CNN ( Clinton News Network) said that the traffic jam caused be the motorcade itself was a big factor in people not being able to get here and into their seats, again because most Trump supporters have real jobs and just don’t have their entire day or for that matter, week at leisure.

      • Angela says:

        Maybe its because the conservative folk actually have jobs to go to and not just collect their welfare freebies???
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        Yeah, how about we NOT stereotype people who are on welfare, thanks? I have a conservative cousin who supported Trump who’s been on unemployment for years, but sure,you keep on with your ignorant “lazy liberals who want freebies and don’t work” BS AND mocking people who honestly need welfare. What happened to that “compassionate conservatism” that Bush Jr. tried to bring back years ago, hmmm?
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        Bottom line, Trump didn’t get a big crowd at his inauguration because most people knew how absurd it was that he was taking office and didn’t want a seat to the sideshow.

      • ninamags says:

        But….but, I thought the “conservative folk”, aka deplorables, aka ignorant, uneducated, racists who voted for this orange turd didn’t have jobs??? Wasn’t that the platform he ran on? They are waiting for him to bring back jobs from long dead industries?

        Besides, the majority of the people that usually attend inaugurations are the local people from DC and the surrounding areas. There’s only a small percentage of people who actually travel in from other parts of the country. The DC Metro even gave ridership numbers indicating that compared to Mr. Obama’s inaugurations, not many decided to use their day off by going into the city and couldn’t be bothered.

        Face it, ragnar51, theres no love for that orange turd from the majority of the country. The people who voted for him did not have the disposable income to attend this pathetic event. There were thousands more bus permits issued for todays Womans March than for yesterdays travesty.

  7. No says:

    The man is nucking futs. All the stuff he says would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad and frightening. As for the “900,000”? They must’ve been WAY off camera because the streets looked pretty bare.

  8. ninamags says:

    Hehehe.

    I forgot to add that people were more interested in watching The Cowboys than this farce.