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President Trump Pledges To Put ‘America First’ In Nationalist Speech

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and pledged to end what he called an “American carnage” of rusted factories and crime in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry.

Striking a defiant tone, Trump said American workers have been devastated by the outsourcing of jobs abroad.

“From this day forward it’s going to be only America First,” the Republican told thousands of people gathered on the National Mall to see him take over from Democrat Barack Obama.

With Obama and three other former presidents sitting nearby, Trump accused previous U.S. administrations of enriching Washington at the expense of struggling American families.

Underscoring the deep divisions in the country, protests against Trump turned ugly in downtown Washington. Black-clad activists smashed store windows, blocked traffic and fought with police in riot gear who responded with tear gas and stun grenades. Police said more than 200 people were arrested.

Aerial pictures of the crowds of Trump supporters on the Mall showed a much smaller turnout at midday on Friday than that in comparable photos from Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. Estimates of Friday’s crowd size were not immediately available from police.

The inaugural address was vintage Trump, with plenty of material gleaned from dozens of campaign rallies he staged last year on the road to victory on Nov. 8 over Democrat Hillary Clinton, who attended the ceremony with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Trump said the United States has enriched foreign industry at the expense of American companies, subsidized the armies of other countries while letting the U.S. military become depleted, and spent trillions abroad while allowing infrastructure at home to crumble.

“The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world,” he said.

Trump accused the Washington establishment of protecting itself but abandoning regular citizens who have suffered from poverty and crime.

“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” he said. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families,” he said.

Trump, 70, takes over a country divided after a savage election campaign.

The grim vision of America he often paints is belied by statistics showing low levels of unemployment and crime nationally, although Trump won many votes in parts of the nation where manufacturing industry has been badly hit.

While Trump positioned himself as a champion of working Americans, the Tax Policy Center non-partisan think tank estimates that his tax proposals would not only add $7.2 trillion in U.S. government debt over the first 10 years, but are skewed to help the wealthiest Americans.

Hours after taking the oath of office, Trump, who repeatedly promised to repeal Obama’s signature health-care law, signed his first executive order, directing U.S. agencies to delay, waive or grant exemptions from any provisions of the Affordable Care Act deemed burdensome for states or individuals.

Republicans in Congress hope to repeal the health care law, also known as Obamacare, and replace it.

Sitting behind the presidential Resolute Desk, Trump signed the order in a hastily arranged ceremony. In the Oval Office, which Obama vacated Friday morning, gold drapes had already been hung in place of crimson ones.

WORLD CONCERN

Trump’s election was greeted with concern by many countries around the world, in part because of the potential for an isolationist foreign policy.

In an interview after Trump was sworn in, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said, “What we heard today were high nationalistic tones.”

“I think we have to prepare for a rough ride,” Gabriel told public broadcaster ZDF, adding that Europe should stand together to defend its interests.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto congratulated Trump on his inauguration, but cautioned that the sovereignty, national interest and protection of Mexicans would be paramount.

Mexicans have been angered by Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the southern U.S. border to keep out illegal immigrants, and to make Mexico pay for it. Trump has also frequently criticized U.S. companies that have manufacturing operations in Mexico.

U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday in a modest advance, marking the first time in more than 50 years that a new commander-in-chief has been welcomed by a rising equity market on his first day in office.

Pope Francis urged Trump to be guided by ethical values, saying he must take care of the poor and the outcast.

In Moscow, Russians hoping Trump will usher in a new era of detente celebrated his inauguration. Russian nationalists held an all-night party at what used to be the main Soviet-era post office in Moscow. In the city of Zlatoust, craftsmen released a limited series of silver and gold commemorative coins, engraved with “In Trump We Trust.”

ISLAMIC STATE

Trump signaled the possibility of a more aggressive approach to Islamic State militants.

“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones, and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth,” he said.

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted on Friday to confirm retired General James Mattis as defense secretary and retired General John Kelly as homeland security secretary, making them the first Trump Cabinet nominees to be approved. New Vice President Mike Pence swore both in Friday night.

After repeating the 35-word oath of office in the ceremony, Trump stretched his arms wide and hugged his wife, Melania, and other members of his family. Ceremonial cannon blasts fired.

The Trumps rode in a heavily armored limousine to lead an inaugural parade to the White House. The couple and their 10-year-old-son, Barron, hopped out of the limo and walked part of the parade route, waving to cheering well wishers.

Later, they watched some of the parade from a reviewing stand built on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

Trump takes office with work to do to improve his image.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll this week found only 40 percent of Americans viewed him favorably, the lowest rating for an incoming president since Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1977, and the same percentage approved of how he has handled the transition.

Trump’s rise, while welcomed by Republicans tired of Obama’s eight years in office, raises a host of questions for the United States.

Trump campaigned on a pledge to take the country on a more isolationist, protectionist path and he has vowed to impose a 35 percent tariff on imports from U.S. companies that went abroad.

More than 60 Democratic lawmakers stayed away from the proceedings to protest Trump.

Many demonstrators will participate in a “Women’s March on Washington” on Saturday. Protests are also planned in other cities in the United States and abroad.

QUICK ACTION

Trump’s to-do list has given Republicans hope that, since they also control the U.S. Congress, they can approve sweeping tax reform and roll back many federal regulations they say are stifling the U.S. economy, as well as repeal and replace Obamacare.

“He’s going to inject a shock to the system here almost immediately,” Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News.

Democrats, in search of firm political footing after the unexpected defeat of Clinton, are planning to fight him at every turn.

Trump’s critics have been emboldened to attack his legitimacy because his win came only in the Electoral College, which gives smaller states more clout in the outcome. He lost the popular vote to Clinton by about 2.9 million.

Trump’s critics also point to the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia used hacking and other methods during the campaign to try to tilt the election in the Republican’s favor. Trump has acknowledged the finding – denied by Moscow – that Russia was behind the hacking but said it did not affect the outcome of the election.

(Additional reporting by Ian Simpson, Roberta Rampton, Jeff Mason, Phil Stewart, Ginger Gibson, Richard Cowan and Patricia Zengerle in Washington, and Joseph Nasr and Sabine Ehrhardt in Berlin, Veronica Gomez in Mexico City, Sinead Carew in New York and Crispian Balmer in Rome; Editing by Alistair Bell and Leslie Adler)

IMAGE: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures while walking with wife Melania and son Barron during the Inaugural Parade in Washington, January 20, 2017. Donald Trump was sworn in earlier as the 45th President of the United States.      REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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26 Comments

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 20, 2017

      Yes, Otto—We know Lindberg was a bit rabid and had strong anti-Semitic feelings and leanings towards fascism and racialism. Just as you do.

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    2. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

      You have no honor. Most evil vile grossly pathetic men don’t. Clean up your pig sty. You are about to be hauled off to Siberia.

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 20, 2017

    Trump’s speech, which I heard bits of on NPR after studiously avoiding the live broadcast, must have been extremely excruciating to listen to from start to finish. What I could extrapolate from bits and pieces, was that he is so consumed with nationalist impulses that seem so alien in a modern world still struggling to achieve its destiny as a united planet—and not just a planet bitterly fragmented according to boundaries, “race”, and culture.

    Trump’s depraved appeal along primitive nationalist lines of identity are reminiscent of some primeval nationalism seen at the early stages of tribes becoming “nations”— early “European” members of our human “tribe” suffered devastating losses before, during, and after the “30 Years War” episode in humankind’s history.

    Looks like Trump is just bringing those same ancient sentiments to the Presidency. Should be a very tense 4 years or less.

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    1. Evelynegdewitt January 21, 2017

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    2. Dan S January 21, 2017

      Aaaaahhhhhh but he has that goofy orange hair as his brand. Truthfully I’m more afraid than ever for the future of this country. He’s not putting America first but his own personal wealth that he hopes to enrich himself as President. When Wall Street came out in the 80’s it was like Gordon Gekko was patterned after Trump then. Greed is Good and we now have President Gekko ????

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

        If ever you’ve seen photos of his Mommy Mary Ann in the NY Daily News, NY Post or NY Times, you’d have seen she has not just the exact same hair color but also HE copied her hair style.

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        2. adler56 January 22, 2017

          Freudian to be sure. An offshoot of Psycho.

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          1. Eleanore Whitaker January 22, 2017

            Actually, He has more in common with his idol, McCarthy’s Roy Cohn, than just that vicious, evil, brazen ruthlessness. Dora Cohn, like Mommy Mary Ann, doted on her little man, totally reducing fathers to nothing more than million dollar meal tickets.

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    3. Dominick Vila January 21, 2017

      In addition to a potentially negative impact on our well being, and our freedoms, Trump’s nationalist rhetoric is likely to deteriorate into a trade war with our closest allies and trading partners. I watch foreign TV a lot, and the Germans were not too impressed when Trump threatened BMW with higher tariffs if they build a new plant in Mexico. In addition to the fact that BMW already has auto plants in North Carolina, we no longer have truly “American” corporations. Most of “our” corporations are multi-nationals, loyal only to the bottom line. In addition to trade retaliation, there is a distinct probability of countries with large dollar holdings, such as China, dumping those holding and sending our currency into a tail spin. The Chinese are usually very cautious, and tend to look at things long term, but judging by recent comments, they are getting fed up with Trump’s rhetoric, to the point of suggesting military conflict if Trump carries out some of his proposals, especially adventurism or unprovoked challenges in the South China Sea and Taiwan.

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 22, 2017

        It never ceases to amaze me, as you clearly point out in describing grave trade instabilities in store, that so many like Trump and his many admires on both sides of the “Pond” can be so blind as to not be able to see linkages—especially when it comes to international relationships. This is probably a direct consequence of living in fantasy worlds woven by a steady bombardment of nonsense, wallowing in adoration, and over-indulgence in attending to one’s ego and monetary concerns.

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  2. Mama Bear January 21, 2017

    I am far more concerned about the damages that the Republican House and Congress will do to America. It has already started. The entire LGBT section of the website has been removed. What does this say to our gay kids, brothers, sisters, friends? I cannot believe it means nothing.
    Eliminating the ACA. What does that mean to people? Nothing?
    Environment?
    Medicare? Medicaid?
    Social Security?
    Education? Eliminate facts you don’t like and what are you teaching?
    The list goes on and has not stopped being added to. And for what? To line already wealthy pockets?
    Maybe we have spent too much time worrying about Trump and not enough worrying about what our Congress and Senate is doing.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

      MB…You are on the right track. Right now, we in this country cannot trust that any election at any level will not be hacked by Trump’s Russian hackers.

      Trump has always puffed out that chest, pumped his fists and put on that angry puss for so long, his face can’t express any other form.

      I do not want to hear his voice, see his face or be subject to any more of his or his right wingers attempts to control me. I’ve had enough of this mania to “take control” of this country by Republicans.

      These lazy bums knew if they handed over their jobs to the billionaires they could sit back like the Corn Pone Kings and Muttons Chops Plantation Owners and let others do their jobs while the money just rolls into their bank accounts.

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  3. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

    The next few weeks will tell the tale. How far will the Congress let him go before they put on the breaks. Our hope is that the infighting of the republicans will render themselves ineffective. If ever there was a call to prayer in our country it’s now.

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  4. itsfun January 21, 2017

    What is wrong with the President of the United States putting the United States first? The writer tries to make the first family riding in a armored car as a bad thing. Haven’t all Presidents been riding in armored cars since the murder of JFK? President Trump is right, we have to take care of our own first.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

      Really? So for the last 3 decades he put the United States of Trump first? You are a moron if you think this guy meant “America” as in the American people. His ego disallows him to think any but that HE IS America. He said that several times in his debates…I, I, I, Me, Me, Me…and he used the words, “I” or “ME” in that BS inaugural speech more times than 44 other presidents EVER did. Where was his America then?

      And you so obviously do not know that Trump since he was a preteen has been riding to his miltiary schools in limos. Mommy Mary Ann was scared that someone might kidnap her little Donny Boy. Please…you are making excuses for an excuse of a man.

      JFK and his father always knew how to give back. All Trump knows is how to TAKE. By the way, we here in NJ want you to help us pay off Trump’s 6 corporate bankruptcies…after all you are a Trump supporter are you not? Get it up!

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  5. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

    Evil always masks itself as “Good” when it is anything but. The Baron of BS has NEVER put anyone but himself first in anything he has ever done. To translate his BS, “I am America! I will put America First.” Of course, he will.

    This guy bit off way more than he could chew. That’s why he thought if he put billionaires like himself in his midst, they would do all the dirty work Mr. CEO of BS doesn’t want to do. Now really…can you imagine Tillerson or Elaine Chus EVER doing anyone’s dirty work? They do the same thing all CEOs do…point and delegate.

    So, the corporatocracy of mandocracy will do what they always do…play “pass it on..” Trump will pass the dirty to his lacky CEOs, who pass it to theirs, who pass it to theirs until the contractors’ list looks like a mad rush to enlist in the military.

    And let’s not pretend that the lazy bum Republicans won’t love collecting salaries while letting the rest of these MANdocrats do all the work for them.

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 21, 2017

      Right on to those sentiments, Eleanore. The Baron of BS must be kept in the cross-hairs for rebukes and refutation, and I for one will strive to be a loud voice of dissent against all that the petulant emperor represents.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

        I think what I’m afraid of most is that our youngest generations will grow up with the ideas that anything “they” think is right is just that..right. Already, young males in high school are beginning to look upon the Baron of BS as their role model for doing what they please to their female peers.

        It was all over Facebook that one politician got in trouble for grabbing a woman’s genitals and saying, “I love this new freedom.”

        I have more male friends than I do female friends mainly because in the literary world men outnumber women as they do in engineering and the sciences. I don’t believe there will ever be perfect equality. What I believe is that there must be PERFECT FAIRNESS. That is a direct allusion to justice. If it isn’t fair, it may not always be just.

        I am already doing my own brand of “dirty work” outing right wingers. Check out the guy who is a right wing blogger, John Hawkins, from North Carolina…a guy whose ego is as deadly as a nuclear warhead but who is also a huge fraud.

        I am noting if not an ace at research and getting the goods on those who wish I was not so talented..rofl. No brag…just fact. The guys I worked with used to always ask me to do the covert stuff for them. I learned pretty quick how to get people to disclose things that gave me an inroad.

        Now, I am on the attack with right wing blogs sites, Mad Patriots and Restore American Glory. Since OPRA, we now have the right to know who owns these sites since they are public media under the intent of the 1st Amendment right of FREE press.

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  6. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 21, 2017

    After awakening it occurred on reflection about Trump’s debased appeal to the ancient and primitive appeal to nationalism how this limiting since of identity has forced its members to paint themselves into a corner of life and human experience.
    Such a narrow view of humanity’s spiritual and material evolution is crystallized by the example of Donald J. Trump.
    Not only is Trump and his nationalist sentiments a barrier to human progress on the street level and serves as a dividing line separating states from each other along lines of political affinities, but Trump’s brand of nationalism extends far beyond the bonds of decency of a “sane patriotism” to use an expression from the Baha’i literature.

    Trump’s vision is blighted by a diseased spiritual condition manifested in childish reactions against the inevitability of the realigning of the world along themes of unity and oneness of being human—not a realignment based on fear of other nations, races, and despair over not being able to adapt to changing economic times. When anyone fails to reflect about their purpose on earth by not properly preparing for possible future events, by not properly educating one’s self wasting time sitting in front of TV, boozing, skipping classes while a youth, and carefully avoiding the libraries and book stores while growing up and now, then one will be unable to switch jobs as a changing world demands, and won’t feel comfortable as the world turns and undergoes the required change—a change that is an eternal theme of the physical universe and an eternal theme of Religion and the social environment. Conservative forces have always reacted in opposition to change in Science, in Religion, and in human affairs.

    Trump’s wasted appeal and lamentation about factories being like tombstones are a pathetic and weak jeremiad on behalf of those who acted more like the “grasshopper” rather than the “ant” in that that classic story about what happens when you fail to prepare for the possibility of a bad season. Trump’s myopia is a mirror image of the narrow vision of his supporters.

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  7. yabbed January 21, 2017

    And the Trump souvenir inaugural hats were made in China!

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  8. PatrickHenry January 21, 2017

    The REAL America is returning finally. Big Government, political corruption for votes will diminish. Borders secure, criminal Illegals deported. Fair Trade & Jobs. Repeal of Obamacare & AMERICANS First! I celebrated yesterday evening with some Bailey’s Irish Cream & a cigar. Goodbye anti-American haters.

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    1. 788eddie January 21, 2017

      The real “anti-American haters” have just been elected to office, Patrick.

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    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 22, 2017

      You no longer have the ability to think like an adult, so how would you know real from a con job, a narcissist for a person with humility, a molester of women from a man who knows when to keep his penis to himself?
      The answer to all of the above is that you don’t, and your parents must suffer, or suffered, the same dysfunction you’re displaying, Patrick.

      Is this what your Catholic/Christian upbringing taught you to exalt—debauchery and depravity??? If you can show me in the Bible or whatever Book you hold dear to set a standard of behavior, please direct me to it. Hopefully, your book is not a collection of magazines from the local “Adult Entertainment” store down the street.

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  9. disqus_QR7ejvoSVU January 21, 2017

    “The Donald” needs to release his income tax returns.

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