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LIVE BLOG: The Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump


4:13 pm EST: President Trump and his family got out of the car and walked part of the parade route, right in front of his Trump International Hotel. The hotel opened last fall.

3:30 pm EST: The parade is underway. Crowds of supporters and protesters are side by side as they wait for President Trump's car to make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington

3:00 pm EST: President Trump spoke about Hillary and Bill Clinton at the luncheon. He said he was honored that they both attended his inauguration. The Clintons received a long standing ovation.

2:45 pm EST: Lawmakers are still gathered at the U.S. Statuary Hall for a luncheon. The Inaugural parade will begin soon.

Earlier at the luncheon, newly sworn-in President Donald Trump shook hands with Hillary Clinton, whom he beat in the presidential election. He told her "Thank you for being here."

Newly sworn in President Donald Trump with his wife first lady Melania Trump, shakes hands with Hillary Clinton, as they arrive for the inaugural luncheon at the Statuary Hall in the Capitol.
Newly sworn in President Donald Trump with his wife first lady Melania Trump, shakes hands with Hillary Clinton, as they arrive for the inaugural luncheon at the Statuary Hall in the Capitol.

​2:40 pm EST: President Donald Trump has tweeted for the first time since formally taking office. He has taken over the Twitter handle @POTUS

2:33 pm EST

Activists run after being hit by a stun grenade while protesting against U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the inauguration in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Activists run after being hit by a stun grenade while protesting against U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the inauguration in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

2:10 2:10 pm EST: Protests are turning violent in downtown Washington, near the Inaugural parade route. ​

1:38 pm EST: The Inaugural Luncheon in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol has opened. Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) chairman Roy Blunt providing opening remarks.​

Table setting in Statuary Hall in the Capitol, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington.
Table setting in Statuary Hall in the Capitol, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington.

1:34 pm EST: Goodbye Obamas. Barack and Michelle Obama have boarded the military airplane to begin their trip to California for a vacation.

1:25 pm EST: The nominees include James Maddis for secretary of defense, Betsy Devos to head education department, Elaine Chao for labor secretary and Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

1:20 pm EST: New President Donald Trump is signing executive orders nominating his Cabinet. The president uses a new pen for each order. He then gives the pens as gifts to those taking part in the event.

12:47 pm EST: The Obamas have departed.

12:35 pm EST: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump now will walk with the Obamas to the waiting helicopter that will fly them from Washington, D.C., to nearby Andrews Air Force Base. The Bidens will depart from the Capitol by limousine.

12:25 pm EST: Sixteen-year-old singer Jackie Evancho sings the National Anthem.

12:18 pm EST: Trump: "Together, we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, and, yes, together, we will make America great again."

12:15 pm EST: Trump: "The time for empty talk is over. Now is the hour for action."

President Donald Trump speaks to the crowd in front of the Capitol during his inaugural address. January 20, 2017 (B. Allen / VOA)
President Donald Trump speaks to the crowd in front of the Capitol during his inaugural address. January 20, 2017 (B. Allen / VOA)

12:15 pm EST: Trump: "When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice."

12:12 pm EST: Trump: "We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and America labor."

12:10 pm EST: Trump: "A new decree...America first..."

Raindrops gather on the head of Stephen Glinn as he waits on the National Mall in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017, before the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.
Raindrops gather on the head of Stephen Glinn as he waits on the National Mall in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017, before the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

12:08 pm EST: Trump on Americans: "We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny."

12:06 pm EST: President Trump: "...a nation exists to serve its citizens."

President Donald Trump speaks after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States during the 58th Presidential Inauguration.
President Donald Trump speaks after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States during the 58th Presidential Inauguration.

12:03 pm EST: Trump's Inaugural Address begins.

12:01 pm EST: America has a new president, Donald J. Trump.

12:00 pm EST: Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts administers the Oath of Office to Donald Trump.

11:55 am EST: “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band performs "America the Beautiful."

11:53 am EST: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Clarence Thomas administers the Oath of Office to Vice President Elect Mike Pence.

11:49 am EST: Sen. Schumer: "Today we celebrate one of democracy's core attributes: the peaceful transfer of power."

11:47 am EST: New York Senator, Democrat Chuck Schumer speaks.

11:39 am EST: Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Catholic Archbishop of New York, leads a prayer.

11:35 am EST: The chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), Roy Blunt, introduces the readers. Mr. Blunt is a senator from the state of Missouri.

President-elect Donald Trump waves with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his wife Melania Trump before the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017.
President-elect Donald Trump waves with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his wife Melania Trump before the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017.

11:31 am EST: President Elect Donald Trump is announced.​

11:28 am EST: Vice President Elect Mike Pence is announced.​

11:24 am EST: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are announced.

11:21 am EST: Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Pence are announced.​

11:15 am EST: Mrs Obama and Mrs. Biden are announced.

11:05 am EST: The five Trump children are announced as they arrive on the inaugural platform. Four are adults: Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Tiffany. Barron Trump is just 10.

11:02 am EST: The Obamas and Trumps have arrived at the Capitol.

10:58 am EST: The announcement of the former president and first ladies onto the inaugural platform ceremony has begun.

10:55 am EST: Presidential motorcade is traveling toward the Capitol. It is taking the same path that the Inagural Parade will follow later.

10:50 am EST: President Barack Obama and President Elect Donald Trump leave the White House to ride together to the Capitol for the swearing-in of the 45th President of the United States.

10:48 am EST: First lady Michelle Obama leaves the White House with Melania Trump, wife of the the President Elect.

10:45 am EST: Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn are now at the Capitol for the ceremony.

10:25 am EST: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who lost the Democratic Party presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton, has arrived at the Capitol.

10:18 am EST: Former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have arrived at the Capitol. Secretary Clinton did not answer questions from reporters about how she felt today.

10:05 am EST: Outgoing President Barack Obama and outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama have just met with President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump.

The families met at the White House, and are now on their way to the U.S. Capitol.

10:00 am EST: Welcome to VOA Learning English's coverage of the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. Donald J. Trump will soon be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

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