'The carnage stops right here and now': Trump's 'combatitive' speech receives mixed response

By Mieke Vlok
20 January 2017

It's official: Donald Trump is the 45th president of the US.

The business tycoon was sworn in as president on Friday afternoon in a cold, wet and rainy Washington. In his inauguration speech, he pledged to "rebuild" the country.

Dressed in a black suit and a red tie Trump spoke of how he wanted to "restore" America, and "give power back" to its people.

"We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams," he said.

"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now."

His wife Melania, dressed in a stately pale blue coat, supported her husband with their son Barron and his children from previous marriages. His famous daughter Ivanka was solemn at her father's side in a white coat.

Read more: Meet the Trumps: What you need to know about America’s most controversial First Family ever

Unsurprisingly, not all political commentators were impressed.

"Mr Trump [began] with the theme that won him the election," Julie Hirschfeld Davis, NY Times White House reporter commented. "A stark contrast between him and the political establishment, an us-against-them frame pitting ordinary American people against the elites. The outlet's Matt Apuzzo, National Security reporter, added that Trump's 'carnage' message "echoes his convention speech, and it paints a bleak picture of America's streets." "Violent crime increased about 4 percent in 2015, but that is a small blip in a decades-long decline in crime. The United States remains far safer than it has been in generations."

There were fewer people than expected, but those who braved the cold cheered wildly for their new Commander-in-Chief.

"This is your moment. This moment belongs to you," Trump told the crowd.

"It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag." While his address would have lasted an age for the Democrats, Trump's speeach was relatively short speech -- it was only 1 432 words long. You can read his full speech here. Short as it was, President Trump's speech had Twitter in a frenzy:

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