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New US President Trump "We're going to make America great again"

Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. In his inaugural address, he called for a "new national pride" that would heal the division of the country. On the sidelines of the ceremony, there were riots in Washington.

In his inaugural address as head of state and government of the United States, Trump criticized that politicians had lived too long in prosperity while jobs were being lost and factories had to close. He pleaded to his fellow citizens to "rebuild the USA for the whole people". Power should be returned to the people from Washington.

The newly sworn in US President also thanked his predecessor Barack Obama and his wife Michelle for their help with the change of government. Both were "great" and "generous," said Trump. He also thanked "the people of the world" and announced to hundreds of thousands of listeners that he and the Americans would jointly determine the course of the country for many more years.

"Just America First"

In recent years, trillions of dollars have been spent overseas, while the infrastructure at home has suffered, Trump said. The US has suffered from crime, drugs and gang violence for far too long: "This American slaughter stops today."

Politicians in the US have lived too long in prosperity, while jobs have been lost and factories have had to close. From today on, "only America first," emphasized the new US president. From now on, two rules apply: "Buy American, hire American". Trump called for a "new national pride" that would "heal the divisions".

Fight against extremists

He also announced crackdown on Islamic extremists. "We will unite the civilized world against radical Islamist terrorism, which will completely disappear from the face of the earth," said the Republican on the steps of the Capitol in Washington.

Trump conjured the crowd with words similar to those he used in the election campaign. "America will win again," he declared. "We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our limits. We will bring back our prosperity. We will bring back our dreams." He called on people to stand together. "If you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice in it." At the end of his speech, he repeated his campaign slogan: "We will make America great again."

Protests in Washington

On the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony, there were violent protests in Washington. Several hundred black-clad and masked demonstrators marched through the center of the US capital in a riot. The opponents of the new US president threw stones and destroyed shop windows. The police used tear gas. According to the emergency services, "numerous" people were arrested. Hundreds of thousands of anti-Trump protesters are expected to march in Washington on Saturday.

(gwi / tzi)