US Presidential Election: Inauguration DayJanuary 18, 2017 in Uncategorized
Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America on 20 January. Here is a look at Inauguration Day (All timings UK times).
- Wreath-laying Ceremony: Mr Trump will attend the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia, expected to begin at 8:30 PM.
- Welcome Concert: The concert at Lincoln Memorial marks the official kick-off to the inaugural events. Mr Trump and his vice-President, Mike Pence, are expected to make an appearance. The concert is expected to begin at 9 PM.
- Morning Prayer: Traditionally, the day begins with a prayer, which for some presidents took place at the St John’s Episcopal Church, located across the street from the White House. This event is expected to occur at around 1:30 PM.
- White House Meeting: Mr Trump and Barack Obama will have a meeting at the White House, which is a customary courtesy from the outgoing president to the incoming one. The outgoing president leaves a brief note for his successor. Mr Obama has vowed to help Mr Trump achieve a smooth transition of power.
- Swearing-in Ceremony: Mr Trump, accompanied by his family, is expected to be sworn into office at 5 PM by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr in the ceremony in front of the US Capitol building.
- The oath: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States.”
- Attending: Hundreds of thousands will attend the ceremony, including former presidents, the diplomatic corps and invited guests. Defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton will attend along with her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Mr Obama will attend the ceremony and will then leave by helicopter.
- Inaugural Address: After being sworn-in, Mr Trump will deliver his first presidential address.
- Inaugural Parade: At the end of the swearing-in ceremony, the parade will proceed from the Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. This is expected to start at 8 PM.
- Inaugural Ball: The day ends with a series of inaugural balls across Washington DC. The two main balls will be held at the Walter E Washington Convention Centre, and one at the National Building Museum. Mr Trump and the First Lady are expected to make an appearance.
- Protests: Almost two dozens group s have applied for permits for protests on or around Mr Trumps’ inauguration, ranging from anti-war associations to anarchists. The Women’s Mach, which is expected to gather some 200,000 people, is scheduled near the Capitol Building on 21 January.