Donald Trump set to become 45th president of the United States

Jon Howard
January 20, 2017

Trump's public schedule for the inaugural celebration starts with an afternoon wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mr Trump won the presidential election a year ago, seeing off Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton, who was expected to become the first female president of the US.

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After listening to performances from singers including Three Doors Down and Toby Keith, Mr Trump told the crowd: "We are going to unify our country and make America great again for all our people". Outgoing President Barack Obama and his family will also be on hand for the ceremony, then are set to depart the inauguration by helicopter.

America's third president, Thomas Jefferson, was the first to take the oath in Washington DC in 1801.

The National Park Service has provided 22 permits for First Amendment events that will take place over inauguration week on park service land that includes the National Mall and the White House. Donald Trump will take the oath of office from Chief Justice John G. Roberts.

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Donald Trump will be inaugurated as president of the United States on Friday, but that's far from the only event happening this week to mark the country's transition of power. "The story goes that she stopped Sir Winston Churchill from entering [the president's bedroom] one night and said the president needs rest tonight".

One Washington inaugural protest will come amid a haze of pot smoke as pro-marijuana protesters show their opposition to Trump's choice for attorney general, Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, a critic of pot legalization.

"Many of the celebrities that are saying they're not going, they were never invited", Trump said in a Fox News interview on Wednesday. "The venue we have for entertainment is filled out, it's flawless, it's going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy, but we just haven't asked him to perform". Instead, they'll stay home or wait to attend the next day's Women's March, where they'll have free license to spew anti-Trump venom to receptive ears. Another tradition was attending a morning worship service on inauguration day, which began with President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1933.

Other protests are being staged by Disrupt J20 which says it will try to shut down or cause delays at security checkpoints at the inauguration ceremony in Washington.

Anti-war group, the Answer Coalition, is planning demonstrations at the US Navy Memorial and Freedom Plaza near to the White House.

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