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Trump is about to be sworn in as US president


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Controversial property magnate Donald Trump is set to be sworn in as the as the 45th president of the United States at a ceremony in Washington D.C.

Since arriving in Washington yesterday, Mr Trump has already visited the graves of fallen soldiers at the Arlington National Cemetery, attended church with his wife and future First Lady Melania and had coffee with Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House.

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The day has also been one of protest, with many groups opposed to Trump's election as President holding demonstrations and rallies across Washington, including a large event organised by the Answer (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) coalition in Freedom Plaza.

An Anti-Inauguration has also been organised by a number of prominent African American and Anti-Trump figures, while the #DisruptJ20 group will hold a Festival of Resistance March across Washington.

At 4.30pm UK time, the formal swearing in ceremony began on the steps of the US Capitol, with musical performances and reading from religious leaders as well as an address by Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies Chair and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt.

Vice President Mike Pence will then take the Oath of Office, which will be administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Trump himself is expected to be sworn in at around 5pm UK time (midday in Washington).

After the ceremony, Trump will then give his inaugural address as President, which will be followed by a performance of the US National Anthem by former America's Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho.

Notable attendees of the Inaguration ceremony include Jimmy Carter, George W Bush and Hillary and Bill Clinton. More than 50 House Democrats will boycott the ceremony, however, many motivated by Trump's comments towards veteran congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis. Mr Trump branded the congressman as "all talk" in a tweet after Lewis said that he did not recognise him as a legitimate president.

After the traditional post-inauguration luncheon, Mr Trump and Mr Pence will attend the inaugural parade at around 8pm UK time. Groups involved include the marching band from Talladega College (a decision which has been widely criticised as Talladega is a historically black college in Alabama), the Boy Scouts of America and the Wounded Warriors Project in addition to military representatives and other bands from around the country.

In the evening the Trump and Pence families will attend three inaugural balls, two of which (titled 'Liberty and Freedom') will be held at the Walter E Washington Convention Centre and feature performances from Sam Moore, the Piano Guys and the Rockettes. The third ball, titled 'Salute to Our Armed Services', will take place at the National Building Museum.

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