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Presidential Beginnings

President-elect Trump was inaugurated Friday, January 20th, 2017, at 12:00 noon local time. He took the Oath of Office and be sworn in as America’s 45th president. Chief Justice John Roberts of the US Supreme Court administered the oath on the steps of the United States Capitol. The US 2016 Election occurred on November 8th, but the newly-elected President isn’t sworn in for two months due to the ratification of the 20th Amendment. Until 1933 (when the Amendment was ratified), there was a four month gap between the election and the inauguration day. In Section One of the 20th Amendment, it states,


 “The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3rd day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.”


The time between US election and inauguration allows for the incumbent president to complete any unfinished business and for the incoming president to prepare for office by working on policy and appointing his cabinet.
The inauguration went well- except for the fact that there were violent protests going on all over D.C with injured officers, fire caused by a ten year old, “threatening” celebrity comments, etc. This was eventually contained and Trump was officially into office and already working on changes by that evening. This  followed into the weekend with The Women’s March. This was a march that occurred in many different cities, ranging from Nashville, to Knoxville, to Chicago, to the largest one, in D.C. and many other places. It was overall peaceful and had a great turn-out: about 160,000 people in Washington D.C alone, (according to The New York Times.) News reports are now focusing on Trump’s current plans, including removing the U.S from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement,(TPPA), is a trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. He considers today- Monday, January 23rd, to be his first real day in-office.

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Presidential Beginnings