Trump Inaugurated as 45th President of U.S.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Phoenix, ArizonaWASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States Friday.

Trump said he would dismantle the establishment and bring back greatness to America.

“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” he declared in a forceful 16-minute Inaugural Address.

“The time for empty talk is over,” he added later. “Now arrives the hour for action. Do not allow anyone to tell you it cannot be done.”

Trump said the inauguration represented more than just the peaceful transfer of power from one party to another.

“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you the people,” he said.

Trump’s critics said they will not defer even for a day to a new leader they accuse of playing to racism and hatred. Demonstrators gathered Friday morning to protest the new president and liberal groups have organized a march that they expect to draw hundreds of thousands to downtown Washington on Saturday.

Violence broke out an hour before the inauguration when protesters smashed shop windows around Franklin Square in downtown Washington.

A Bank of America branch had all its windows shattered, and a Starbucks was left with a gaping hole in its glass front door. Police in riot helmets used pepper spray to break up groups of protesters who spread out and kept breaking windows.

A spokesperson for Washington D.C.’s police has said that 217 people were arrested on Friday in relation to protests around the city.

Six officers were hurt with minor injuries, and police used pepper spray and stinging balls on protesters.

At an impromptu press conference, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the president will order a government-wide freeze on all new regulations, as well as a second, more vague order regarding healthcare.

There are still no details about how the order will “ease the burden” of Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms.

Republicans in control of Congress have yet to propose a plan that would replace “Obamacare.” More than 20 million people stand to lose healthcare should they repeal it without one.

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