Trump Inauguration

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.

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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