President Donald J. Trump swept into office yesterday promising a bold vision of “America first” with no place for do-nothing politicians, then signed executive orders to freeze new federal regulations and “ease the burden” of Obamacare.
“We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power,” Trump said during his Inaugural Address yesterday. “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.”
Trump last night signed orders aimed at untangling federal red tape and replacing the Affordable Care Act. He imposed a ban on federal agencies creating new regulations and signed an order to “ease the burden” on Obamacare until it’s repealed and replaced, though Trump officials had no immediate specific details.
His first two Cabinet members — Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, who are both retired Marine generals — were officially sworn in after the Senate easily confirmed their nominations last night.
As soon as this weekend, Trump is expected to take even more quick action, including potentially directing the construction of a wall along the Mexican border, reversing many of President Obama’s executive actions and instituting a federal hiring freeze.
Trump basked in the traditional inaugural pageantry and celebration yesterday in the nation’s capital, even as he promised to transform the establishment hive of Washington like never before.
And he pulled no punches attacking the Beltway elite, many of whom had gathered to hear him speak.
“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people,” Trump said.
“Jan. 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”
Trump did not mention his election opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, who stood with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, during the speech. But he did lead a standing ovation for both of them at a luncheon immediately after.
“I have a lot of respect for those two people,” Trump said.
The president’s speech startled many political commentators. CNN’s David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Obama, called it a “full-throated … populist manifesto” that “lit this town on fire.”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews — who once confessed he “felt this thrill going up my leg” during an Obama speech — dubbed the Trump address “Hitlerian.”
Trump’s speech checked in at about 1,400 words and lasted 16 minutes — shorter than both of President Obama’s inaugural addresses and the briefest since Jimmy Carter’s in 1977.
As the Obamas boarded a military helicopter out of Washington and the Bidens pulled away on Amtrak, the larger Trump and Pence families moved into town.
Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron pressed his face against the window of his father’s limousine as the motorcade crept from the Capitol to the White House.
Ivanka Trump and husband, Jared Kushner, a Trump senior adviser, strolled in as Washington’s newest young power couple.
While Trump’s makeover of Washington could take all four years of his first term, the White House interior design was a quicker matter. By the time he signed executive orders last night, Trump’s team had already changed the drapes in the Oval Office from red to gold.
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