Trump sworn in as 45th President of the United States
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. He took the oath of office Friday on the West Front of the Capitol.
The combative billionaire businessman and television celebrity won election in November over Democrat Hillary Clinton, and today he's leading a profoundly divided country - one that's split between Americans enthralled and horrified by his victory.
The unorthodox politician and the Republican-controlled Congress are already charting a newly conservative course for the nation. And they're promising to reverse the work of the 44th president, Barack Obama.
In his inauguration speech, President Donald Trump repeated the dark vision and the list of the country's woes that he hit on during the campaign.
Trump described closed factories as "tombstones" that dot the county and said the federal government has spent billions defending "other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own."
The Republican president said the U.S. "will confront hardships but we will get the job done."
He said Friday the oath of office he took "is an oath of allegiance to all Americans" and said that the country will share "one glorious destiny." President Trump closed his first speech as president with his campaign slogan: "Make America great again."
Meanwhile, police in the nation's capital clashed with demonstrators. Well over 1,000 protesters were in the streets of downtown Washington for a confrontation with police.
The District of Columbia police chief says 217 people have been arrested and charged with rioting and six officers suffered minor injuries during demonstrations against President Donald Trump. Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham provided the update at a news conference Friday.
Protesters in downtown Washington linked arms, facing off from the police line and chanting, "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA."
Metropolitan police deployed streams of pepper spray against demonstrators marching along the streets of the nation's capital - a disgruntled parallel to the ongoing inaugural parade.
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