Donald Trump Inaugural Speech

  • Inaugural Address

  • Donald Trump

    Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you.

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  • (APPLAUSE)

  • Donald Trump

    We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.

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  • Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come.

  • We will face challenges.

  • We will confront hardships.

  • But we will get the job done.

  • Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power.

  • Donald Trump

    And we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition.

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  • They have been magnificent.

  • Thank you.

  • (APPLAUSE)

  • Donald Trump

    Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning.

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  • Because today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another.

  • But we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.

  • For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

  • Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.

  • Politicians prospered, but the jobs left.

  • Donald Trump

    And the factories closed.

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