America’s 45th president
A year and a half after he descended on an escalator at Trump Tower and called Mexicans “rapists”, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Trump, the oldest and reportedly least popular man to be sworn into the country’s highest office, takes over a divided country. Protests have already begun and are expected to continue throughout the weekend. It’s also moving day for the Obamas, who will be vacating their home for the past eight years.
Guardian US will keep you up to date with all the day’s events in our live blog, pulling in dispatches from reporters who are stationed throughout Washington DC and around the country. It will also take in protests and events throughout the world, including London, Toronto, Sydney, Addis Ababa and more.
Donald Trump inauguration: the world holds its breath – live coverage
This how the day will play out (read this for more details):
- 8.30am: Trump and the incoming vice-president, Mike Pence, will attend a church service at St John’s Episcopal church with their families.
- 9:40am: Trump and his wife, Melania, will arrive at the White House where they will be greeted by Barack and Michelle Obama. The four will sit down for a private coffee and tea reception in the White House’s regal Blue Room.
- 10.30am: The Trumps and the Obamas will take the presidential limousine to the West Front of the US Capitol for the ceremony.
- 11.30am: The inauguration ceremony will begin.
- 12pm: The chief justice of the supreme court, John Roberts,will administer the presidential oath for Trump, who will then make his inaugural address.
- 12.45pm: The Obamas will fly off in a helicopter to Andrews airfield.
The remainder of the day consists of the inaugural parade, a luncheon and, later in the evening, the inaugural balls. Hillary Clinton will be present at the ceremony, in keeping with tradition that all living former first families attend. Speaking of first families, here’s a look at the new one. However, more than 30 members of Congress will be boycotting the event in protest against Trump. In a column for the Guardian, congresswoman Barbara Lee explains why she won’t be there.
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Protests started the day after Trump was elected, and they will ramp up exponentially this week. Last night saw fierce clashes in Washington DC in front of the National Press Club, the venue for the DeploraBall, an event hosted to celebrate Trump’s victory (with a name inspired by Clinton’s reference to Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables”). Many of the guests are believed to be associated with the “alt-right”, a far-right movement in the US that has praised Trump. Protesters were blocked by police but called attendees “fascists” and racists”. Meanwhile, a host of celebrities attended a protest in New York outside Trump tower. Alec Baldwin performed his Saturday Night Live impression of the soon-to-be president and rallied the crowd. Amber Jamieson has provided a guide to protests happening today and tomorrowhere.
DeploraBall: Trump lovers and haters clash at Washington DC event