Donald Trump officially becomes the 45th President of the USA
On the eighth of November 2016, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States after an intense campaign which polarised the American society more than any other in the history of the USA. On Friday, Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the USA following the traditional inauguration. The highlight of the events was the presidential oath, which took place at noon, as prescribed by the US Constitution.
After being formally sworn in, Trump made his inaugural speech, in which the nationalist approach adopted by him during the campaign surfaced once again, as he stressed that “From this day forward it’s going to be only America First“. The address was followed by a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, during which a first series of violent protests began in Washington DC, and by three inaugural balls.
There was an active debate over the number of people who attended the event, after a picture comparing the large crowd present at former president Obama’s inauguration in 2009 and that supporting Donald Trump on Friday circulated on social media, leading to a statement by the White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in which he accused the media of “deliberately false reporting”.
The end of the formal ceremonies and thus Trump‘s first full day in office were marked by marches in several American cities, which, according to USA Today, were attended by a total of 2.6 million participants, including several celebrities.
These peaceful protests came in response to a number of statements made by president Trump during his election campaign and had the goal of supporting human rights (including women’s rights, LGBT rights and racial equality), as well as anti-islamophobia and the protection of the environment. Similar marches also took place outside of the USA, with thousands of people protesting in cities such as Sydney, Toronto, Paris, Frankfurt, London and Seoul.
English – German glossary
campaign = Wahlkampf
to swear sb in =jdn vereidigen
highlight = Höhepunkt
oath = Eid
to take place = stattfinden
as prescribed by the US Constitution = wie im Grundgesetz der USA vorgesehen
to surface = (hier) zum Vorschein kommen
to stress = betonen
address = Ansprache
series = Reihe
crowd = Zuschauermenge
to circulate = (hier) herumgehen
statement = Aussage
press secretary = Pressesprecher
deliberately = absichtlich
in office = im Amt
celebrities = Prominenten
peaceful = friedlich
in response to sth = als Antwort auf etw
goal = (hier) Ziel
human rights = Menschenrechte
environment = Umwelt