Protesters, supporters shout as President Trump passes - AS IT HAPPENED

2017-01-20 15:39

Get the latest as Donald Trump is sworn in as the US's 45th president and thousands across the nation protest him and his incoming administration.

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Last Updated at 16:03
21 Jan 00:15
So that's where we're going to leave it. It's past midnight here in South Africa and there are still protests a plenty to come tomorrow! News24 will bring you all the latest from that unfolding situation.

21 Jan 00:14

IN CLOSING: Donald Trump's inaugural address held familiar echoes of the campaign speeches that led to his presidential win: downbeat about the state of the nation, to the point of hyperbole.

"The jobs left, and the factories closed... the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon," said the new president. But AP reports that the facts are: The US economy is a lot healthier than the wreck Trump describes. Jobs have increased for a record 75 straight months. The US unemployment rate was 4.7% in December, close to a nine-year low and to what economists consider full employment.

From July through September, the economy expanded at a 3.5% annual pace — the fastest in two years. The Federal Reserve is so confident in the resiliency of the economy that it raised interest rates last month for only the second time in a decade. While wage growth has been sluggish since the Great Recession ended in mid-2009, declining unemployment and steady job growth are starting to force businesses to offer higher pay to find and attract new workers.

And in 2015, the income for a typical household jumped 5.2% to an inflation-adjusted $56 516, the largest annual growth in nearly five decades, according to the Census Bureau. Average hourly pay rose last year at the fastest pace in more than seven years.

Trump said: "We've defended other nation's borders while refusing to defend our own." But AP reports: Hardly. Since 2001, the US has more than doubled the ranks of the Border Patrol, which now has nearly 20 000 agents. The vast majority of those are stationed along the Mexican border, where about 408 000 people were apprehended during the budget year that ended in September.

Trump also claimed that the US has "subsidised the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military". But, AP states: The US military may have shortcomings, but it remains the world's most advanced, expensive and far-flung fighting force.

American military spending is nearly three times that of second-place China, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The Pentagon says it does have additional needs, including more ships, a replenished air fleet and bigger training budgets to prepare for large-scale combat.

Trump then stated: "We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones, and unite the civilised world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth." But the fact is as reported by AP: Quelling radical Islamic terrorism worldwide is a heavy lift in which the US has been engaged for years, and Trump has offered no plan for how he will deliver on this promise.

A US-led coalition began battling Islamic extremism even before 9/11. In Afghanistan alone, the coalition has fought for more than 15 years to prevent al-Qaeda and other radical groups from regaining a safe harbor there.

Getting the help of NATO allies might prove diplomatically challenging since Trump has called NATO "obsolete" and says European members aren't paying their fair share.The threat is only growing.

The Islamic State has a global reach, and attacks linked to radical extremism have occurred in the United States, France, Belgium, Turkey and countries throughout northern Africa.


20 Jan 23:49

20 Jan 23:39
He's got out of the car and back in three times now. 

20 Jan 23:36

20 Jan 23:31

20 Jan 23:18
This carried on for about two minutes when they got back into the vehicle. It appears he's returned to his ride just before his motorcade hit a wave of protesters.

20 Jan 23:13

20 Jan 23:08
Trump supporters' shouts of "Trump! Trump" competing with shouts from protesters booing the 45th president. 

20 Jan 22:50

US President Donald Trump on Friday led a standing ovation for his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, saying he was "honoured" that she and her former president husband had attended his inauguration.

"I was honored when I heard that former president Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were coming today and I would like you to stand up," he said at a Congressional luncheon, urging lawmakers, his cabinet nominees and other dignitaries to stand.

"There's nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people," Trump added as attendees rose and clapped for the Clintons. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, the former senator and secretary of state, in the November 8 election.


20 Jan 22:49

20 Jan 22:43

20 Jan 22:38
So Snopes has handily clarified why terms such as climate change, lgbti, civil rights, etc, are no longer appearing on the White House website: content related to Obama's administration was migrated to ObamaWhiteHouse.Archives.gov as is done with every new administration. Click the link in the tweet below for more.

20 Jan 22:30
Scenes on cable news show protesters lining the parade route that President Trump will take in Washington.

20 Jan 22:25

20 Jan 21:34

20 Jan 21:07
Anti-Trump protesters are clashing with police in Washington. CNN reports that more than 90 people have been arrested. The news channel also shows police firing stun grenades. 

20 Jan 21:05

In a statement on its website, the White House said that Trump's administration will "develop a state-of-the-art missile defence system to protect against missile-based attacks from states like Iran and North Korea".

It also says that cyberwarfare is "an emerging battlefield" and every measure must be taken to safeguard the US's security secrets and systems. "We will make it a priority to develop defensive and offensive cyber capabilities at our US Cyber Command, and recruit the best and brightest Americans to serve in this crucial area."


20 Jan 20:52
If reading speeches is your thing, here's a link to Trump's full inaugural 'America first' speech

20 Jan 20:44
Trump is now attending the congressional luncheon.

20 Jan 20:30
A page on the White House website referencing civil rights is also gone.  

20 Jan 20:26
Trump's administration is quick to get to work: all reference to climate change and LGBTQI rights has been removed from the White House website. 

20 Jan 20:20

20 Jan 20:04
People are quick! 

20 Jan 19:59
The Bidens head home to Delaware.

20 Jan 19:47
The Obamas are now flying on their way to Joint Base Andrews. 

20 Jan 19:42
The Obamas now in the official presidential helicopter Executive One. 

20 Jan 19:40

20 Jan 19:31
And that concludes the ceremony. Everyone heading off now. 

20 Jan 19:26
America's Got Talent entrant Jackie Evancho now singing the US anthem..  

20 Jan 19:23
More blessings from religious leaders. 

20 Jan 19:22

America's incoming first lady Melania Trump wore an elegant powder blue suit made by iconic US fashion designer Ralph Lauren to her husband's inauguration on Friday and channeling Jacqueline Kennedy.

The soft and elegant cashmere dress fell to her knee, paired with a cross-over round neck jacket cut to the waist and matching suede gloves.

In a break from the past, Melania wore her hair swept up with diamond stud earrings.The look won rave reviews online and earned comparisons with Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of Democratic president John F Kennedy and considered one of America's most stylish first ladies. - AFP


20 Jan 19:18
To cheers, Trump says: We will make America great again!

20 Jan 19:16
"No matter whether you're black, white or brown, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots" - Trump

20 Jan 19:15

20 Jan 19:14
There's the Twitter account. 

20 Jan 19:05
"This is your moment, this is your country" - Trump

20 Jan 19:04
He speaks on the people not benefiting from politics in Washington. "Their [establishment] victories have not been your victories"

20 Jan 19:03
It has begun to rain just as Trump began speaking. 

20 Jan 18:59
Trump taking the oath, his left hand atop the Bible being held up by Melania.

20 Jan 18:59
Chief Justice John G Robert Jr now about to swear in Trump. A few people cheering. 

20 Jan 18:56
Now the Mormon Tabernacle Choir now singing 'America the Great'.  

20 Jan 18:54

20 Jan 18:53
Pence taking the oath. 

20 Jan 18:52
Pence about to be sworn in.

20 Jan 18:46
Religious leaders finished with address. Choir now up. Shots on CNN of the crowd in the National Mall in front of Capitol Hill show massive gaps. It looks almost half empty. It was estimated that at Obama's inauguration in 2009 there were about 1.8 million people there. 

20 Jan 18:36
Things are pretty much on time here. Religious leaders now about to address everyone. 

20 Jan 18:27

20 Jan 18:24
Obama introduced, maybe for the last time, to the thousands in Washington as President Barack Obama. 

20 Jan 18:23
Barack Obama and his second-in-command, Joe Biden, walk the steps of the US Capitol to the platform. 

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