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Live coverage of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States and related celebrations and protests.

  • More than 100k march in St Paul in solidarity with global march for women
  • St Paul police arrested one counter-protester
  • Video: Minnesotans prepare to march in St Paul 
  • Video: In Mpls, protesters burn Trump in effigy
  • Traffic delays in St Paul Live map
  • Video: Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States
  • Transcript: Trump's inaugural address

    Trump says people are part of historic movement

    President Donald Trump says Americans came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement "the likes of which the world has never seen before."

    Trump says the United States exists to serve its citizens.

    He says Americans want great schools, safe neighborhoods and good jobs.

    But he says too many people face a different reality: rusted-out factories, a bad education system, crime, gangs and drugs.

    Trump says the "carnage stops right here and right now."

    — Associated Press

    Trump hits campaign themes in inaugural speech

    In his inauguration speech, President Donald Trump is repeating the dark vision and the list of the country's woes that he hit on during the campaign.

    Trump describes closed factories as "tombstones" that dot the county and says the federal government has spent billions defending "other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own."

    The Republican president says the U.S. "will confront hardships but we will get the job done."

    He says the oath of office he just took "is an oath of allegiance to all Americans" and said that the country will share "one glorious destiny."

    — Associated Press

    President Donald Trump speaks after being sworn in as President on January 20, 2017 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. | Mark Ralston | AFP | Getty Images
    "My thoughts about Trump and my thoughts about the inauguration are quite different. Sharing my thoughts about Trump would, in my opinion, not be charitable nor helpful. But The Inauguration is a time to celebrate America, to honor that which is bigger than any one person or party, and to give thanks for a peaceful transition of power which is the envy of so many in the world,” said Bill Nolan of Minneapolis.
    President Donald Trump hugs his family after being sworn in as President on January 20, 2017 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. | Photo by Mark Ralston | AFP | Getty Images


    Pledge from Trump to 'Make America Great Again'

    Donald Trump has closed his first speech as president with his campaign slogan: "Make America great again."

    Trump is borrowing from his campaign speeches and promising this: "Together we will make America strong again," wealthy again, strong again and proud again.

    "And yes," he says, "together, we will make America great again."

    — Associated Press

    " I am optimistic that Trump will be a Nationalist first before a Republican. I hope he is not all talk, we shall see.  I hope the left will grow up and recognize that our system is built on a peaceful transfer of power, they don't sound like they believe in that,” said Jason Franzen of Delano, Minn.

    Photos: The inauguration of Donald Trump

    Pomp and ceremony surround the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States.
    "It is deeply disappointing that Trump was elected especially as he does not reflect the values of civility, compassion, intelligence, and forward movement for our country. That being said, I have never felt more patriotic in terms of believing that it is incumbent upon me and all citizens to keep this democracy alive and model civility,” said Kristen Stuenkel of Minneapolis.
    What are your thoughts on Trump’s inauguration today?

    Russian political elites revel in Trump's inauguration

    MOSCOW  — Champagne corks popped in Moscow as Russians celebrated the start of Donald Trump's presidency, confident of better relations ahead between the two countries.
    "It's weird, but it's great, and for the first time ever Russians are applauding the victory of a U.S. presidential candidate, it's a sign of the times," political analyst Stanislav Byshok said.

    Trump's promises to fix ravaged relations with Moscow have elated Russia's political elite following spiraling tensions with Washington over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. elections.
    "We are ready to do our share of the work in order to improve the relationship," Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Facebook.
    A hundred Trump sympathizers, nationalist activists and spin doctors gathered at a hipster party location several hundred meters away from the Kremlin to celebrate.

    An hour before Trump took the stage in Washington, the sound of opening champagne bottles echoed in the vaulted hall of the former telegraph building. The party was co-sponsored by the conservative Tsargrad TV channel which is led by ultra-right ideologue Alexander Dugin.

    "Yes, it's a holiday," said a beaming Dmitry Rode, a communications executive, with a glass of champagne in his hand.
    "We all hope that relations between our countries and more importantly between our peoples will help to develop our economies. We're neighbors, we're just 50 kilometers (30 miles) away from each other."
    Some party-goers wore Guy Fawkes masks, associated with hackers, in a sly reference to charges that Russia interfered in the U.S. election.

    "I'm happy for all Russian hackers," said 27-year old Filip Nikolsky, who wore a sweatshirt sporting the "You've Been Hacked" signature below.

    He said he doesn't know if the allegations are true, but "if it's true, why shouldn't we be happy?"

    At one Moscow nightclub, several dozen people began toasting Trump late Thursday.

    Willi Tokarev, 82, a singer who emigrated to the U.S. in the mid-1970s and later became a music legend in Russia, topped the entertainment bill with his song "Trumplissimo America!"

    Trump's praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin has raised expectations that he could move to normalize ties, though Trump hasn't articulated a clear policy and some of his Cabinet nominees have made hawkish statements on Russia.
    Leonid Slutsky, the head of the foreign affairs committee in the lower house of parliament, expressed hope that Trump will move to establish constructive ties with Moscow, but cautioned that there is no "magic button" to instantly achieve that. "We expect a slow but steady revival of our relations," he said.

    Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, predicted that Moscow will face a pragmatic but very tough partner in Trump.
    "Russia's potential is incomparable to that of the United States," he said, adding that Moscow will have to apply a lot of skills "to play from the position of weakness and not lose."

    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov voiced hope that Trump will work with Putin on solving the Ukrainian crisis and other problems, but warned against expectations of quick progress. "Difficulties will remain," he said.
    — Associated Press

    Obama says backers 'proved the power of hope'

    Former President Barack Obama is thanking supporters before he departs for a vacation in California — saying that they "proved the power of hope."

    Obama was joined by former first lady Michelle Obama at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. They took a helicopter there from the Capitol following President Donald Trump's swearing-in ceremonies.

    The outgoing president says he and his wife have sometimes been the "voice out front" but his push for changes in the country that began with his 2008 presidential campaign "has never been about us. It has always been about you."

    -- The Associated Press


    Hillary Clinton attending Trump luncheon

    Hillary Clinton is attending President Donald Trump's inaugural luncheon at the Capitol.

    Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, posed for pictures with a bipartisan group of attendees. Republican Trump defeated Democrat Clinton in the November election.

    Former President Jimmy Carter is also at the luncheon.

    Also attending are members of Congress, Supreme Court justices and some of Trump's Cabinet picks.

    --Associated Press

    Jackie Evancho, Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform at inaugural

    The new president called out "Great job, Jackie!" after 16-year-old Jackie Evancho delivered a soft-voiced rendition of the national anthem at Friday's swearing-in ceremony.

    The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang "America the Beautiful," and the Missouri State University Chorale sang "Now We Belong," in a ceremony that featured decidedly less star power than in 2013. At President Barack Obama's second inauguration, Beyonce sang the anthem, James Taylor sang "America the Beautiful," and Kelly Clarkson sang a powerful "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."

    The various inauguration performances have exposed the obvious divisions in the country following the election of Donald Trump, who is deeply unpopular in Hollywood. A number of artists declined the opportunity to perform, and Broadway singer Jennifer Holliday even said she'd received death threats before she pulled out of her scheduled appearance.

    For those seeking star power, there was the unofficial, alternate programming around town, such as Thursday's Peace Ball or Saturday's planned performances at the Women's March on Washington.

    At the Peace Ball, the main attraction, Solange Knowles, didn't hit the stage until close to midnight, but the 3,000 or so enthusiastic guests packed into the National Museum of African American History and Culture weren't going anywhere.

    The evening, organized by progressive activist Andy Shallal, also featured jazz singer Esperanza Spalding and a dance party. Guests included actors Danny Glover, Fran Drescher and Ellen Page. Angela Davis and Alice Walker were also in attendance.

    Glover addressed the fact that although the event was described as a nonpartisan celebration of successes in recent years in areas such as health care, climate change and marriage equality, the room was filled with people unhappy with the results of the election.

    "We can't just sit and lick our wounds," Glover said. "Our work is cut out for us. We have to make some hard choices."

    — Associated Press

    Trump breaks out presidential pens


    Donald Trump isn't wasting much time before signing some presidential paperwork.

    Press secretary Sean Spicer says on Twitter that the new president is signing formal nominations for each of his Cabinet picks and other members of the new administration.

    He's also signing a proclamation for a National Day of Patriotism and legislation that clears the way for retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to run the Pentagon, if confirmed by the Senate.

    Trump signed the documents as he was surrounded by lawmakers and his family members, and he handed out ceremonial pens to members of Congress.

    -- Associated Press

    "I can hardly stand the thought of this man being the "leader" of our great nation. I believe his Cabinet nominees represent well his terrible judgement and intentions for the future. I am very, very frightened and discouraged,” said Joan Vincent of St. Cloud, Minn.

    Trump takes charge: Sworn in as nation's 45th president

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pledging to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years.
    Looking out over the crowd sprawled across the National Mall, Trump painted a bleak picture of the nation he now leads, lamenting "American carnage," shuttered factories and depleted U.S. leadership. President Barack Obama, the man he replaced, sat behind him stoically.
    Trump's first words as commander in chief were an unapologetic reprisal of the economic populism and nationalism that fueled his improbable campaign. He vowed to stir "new national pride," bring jobs back to the United States, and "eradicate completely" Islamic terrorism.
    "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only, 'America First," Trump said in a 16-minute address.
    In a remarkable scene, Trump ripped into Washington's longtime leaders as he stood among them at the U.S. Capitol.  For too long, he said, "a small group in our nation's Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost."
    For Republicans eager to be back in the White House, there was little mention of the party's bedrock principles: small government, social conservativism and robust American leadership around the world. Trump, who is taking office as one of the most unpopular incoming presidents in modern history, made only oblique references to those who may be infuriated and fearful of his presidency.
    "To all Americans in every city near and far, small and large from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again," he said.
    Trump was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts, reciting the 35-word oath with his hand placed upon two Bibles, one used by his family and another during President Abraham Lincoln's inauguration.
    Trump and wife, Melania, bid Obama and outgoing first lady Michelle Obama farewell as they departed the Capitol grounds in a government helicopter. Trump and Obama's political paths have been linked in remarkable ways. Before running for the White House, the billionaire businessman led efforts to promote falsehoods about the 44th president's citizenship and claim on the office.
    Obama addressed a staff gathering at Joint Base Andrews before departing for a vacation in California. "You proved the power of hope," he said.
    Trump's journey to the inauguration was as unlikely as any in recent American history. He defied his party's establishment, befuddled the media and toppled two political dynasties on his way to victory. His message, calling for a resurgence of white, working-class corners of America, was packaged in defiant stump speeches railing against political correctness. He used social media to dominate the national conversation and challenge conventions about political discourse. After years of Democratic control of the White House and deadlock in Washington, his was a blast of fresh air for millions.
    But Trump's call for restrictive immigration measures and his caustic campaign rhetoric about women and minorities angered millions. And Trump's swearing-in was shadowed by questions about his ties to Russia, which U.S. intelligence agencies have determined worked to tip the 2016 election in his favor.
    Trump's inauguration drew crowds to the nation's capital to witness the history, though the crowds appeared smaller than past celebrations. Demonstrations unfolded at various security checkpoints near the Capitol as police in riot gear helped ticket-holders get through to the ceremony.
    More than 60 House Democrats refused to attend his swearing in ceremony in the shadow of the Capitol dome. One Democrat who did sit among the dignitaries was Hillary Clinton, Trump's vanquished campaign rival who was widely expected by both parties to be the one taking the oath of office.
    At 70, Trump is the oldest person to be sworn in as president, marking a generational step backward after two terms for Obama, one of the youngest presidents to serve as commander in chief.
    Trump takes charge of an economy that has recovered from the Great Recession but has nonetheless left millions of Americans feeling left behind. The nation's longest war is still being waged in Afghanistan and U.S. troops are battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The American health care system was expanded to reach millions more Americans during Obama's tenure, but at considerable financial costs. Trump has vowed to dismantle and rebuild it.
    Trump faces challenges as the first president to take office without ever having held a political position or served in the military. He has stacked his Cabinet with established Washington figures and wealthy business leaders. Though his team's conservative bent has been cheered by many Republicans, the overwhelmingly white and male Cabinet has been criticized for a lack of diversity.
    Before attending an inaugural luncheon, Trump signed his first series of orders, including the official nominations for his Cabinet. He joked with lawmakers, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, and handed out presidential pens.
    In a show of solidarity, all of the living American presidents attended Trump's inaugural, except for 92-year-old George H.W. Bush, who was hospitalized this week with pneumonia. His wife, Barbara, was also admitted to the hospital after falling ill.
    -- Julie Pace, Associated Press

    Transcript: Donald Trump's presidential inaugural address

    A transcript of Donald Trump's inaugural address, delivered Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, after his swearing-in as the 45th president of the United States.
    Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: Thank you.
    We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.
    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 and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michele Obama for their gracious aid in this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.
    Today's ceremony has very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or 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 and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories, their triumphs have not been your triumphs.
    And while they celebrated in our nation's capital there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
    That all changes right here and right now because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.
    It belongs to everyone gathered here today, and everyone watching all across America.
    This is your day, this is your celebration, and this, the United States of America, is your country.
    What truly matters is not which party controls our government but whether our government is controlled by the people. Jan. 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
    The forgotten men and women of this country will be forgotten no longer.
    Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.
    At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonably demands of righteous people and a righteous public.
    But for too many of our citizens a different reality exists
    Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
    This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
    We are one nation - and their pain is our pain.  Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
    The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
    For many decades, we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; we've defended other nation's borders while refusing to defend our own; and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
    We've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.
    One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.
    The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.
    But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.
    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.
    From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
    From this day forward, it's going to be only America First.
    Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
    We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs.  Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.
    I will fight for you with every breath in my body - and I will never, ever let you down.
    America will start winning again, winning like never before.
    We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders.  We will bring back our wealth.  And we will bring back our dreams.
    We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.
    We will get our people off of welfare and back to work - rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
    We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.
    We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world - but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
    We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example — we will shine — for everyone to follow.
    We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones - and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.
    At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
    When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
    The Bible tells us, "How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity."
    We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
    When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
    There should be no fear - we are protected, and we will always be protected.
    We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.
    Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.
    In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.
    We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action - constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
    The time for empty talk is over.
    Now arrives the hour of action.
    Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done.  No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
    We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
    We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
    A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.
    It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag.
    And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the wind-swept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.
    So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again.
    Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
    Together, we will make America strong again.
    We will make America wealthy again.
    We will make America proud again.
    We will make America safe again.
    And yes, together we will make America great again. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.
    This pair of photos shows a view of the crowd on the National Mall at the inaugurations of President Barack Obama, above, on Jan. 20, 2009, and President Donald Trump, below, on Jan. 20, 2017. The photo above and the screengrab from video below were both shot shortly before noon from the top of the Washington Monument. (AP Photo)
    Protest moves out from u Humphrey school on to 19th toward riverside

    Marchers plan to head to Augsburg

    "Like him or not he was elected by the majority of people in a majority of states. The overall majority may go to his opponent but that is not the way our election process was set up by the founders of this country.  They were worried about New York, Boston and Philadelphia determining the President for the rest of the country even back then. Hence the existence of the Electoral College. Just as President Obama had to be given a chance and be respected by those who did not vote for him so President Trump must be given a chance and be respected by those who did not vote for him!” said Patricia Seifert of Grey Eagle, Minn.

    DC police using tear gas against protesters

    District of Columbia police are using tear gas canisters in a confrontation with protesters in downtown Washington.

    Some people are being treated for exposure to tear gas and some people are vomiting.

    Police have blocked off both sides of the street. Protesters were throwing bricks and concrete at police. One protester wearing a mask smashed a bank window. And demonstrators have blocked streets with newspaper boxes.

    Another protester was standing on a mailbox and waving a rainbow flag.

    Police are in riot gear, and that includes helmets and body shields.

    Protesters have blocked streets with newspaper boxes.

    — Associated Press

    Augsburg students join umn protesters on. Riverside ave

    A few students I spoke to at the U of M thought Trump's tone was different in his speech. They're skeptical, but open to giving him a shot.
    "I'm nervous. What is going to happen to insurance, the global problems, is there going to be another war? Are the middle class going to be poorer and the rich richer? Is Russia going to use this time to gain power, who is going to protect people of color, where are women going for health care?” said Elaine Barclay of Young America, Minn.
    What are your thoughts on Trump’s inauguration today?

    DC drivers caught in protest skirmishes

    The large Inauguration Day demonstration in downtown Washington is taking place at the edge of a zone where vehicles aren't allowed to drive Friday.

    So motorists are getting caught in the confrontation between protesters and police.

    Some are trying to turn around, but in at least one place, newspaper boxes and trash cans were overturned in the street and a fire set.

    --Associated Press

    Inauguration Day protesters gathering at Lake and Nicollet in Minneapolis.

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