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Donald Trump eviscerated Washington in his inaugural address

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Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States on Friday, and quickly put official Washington on notice that business as usual was about to busted.

"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 American people," he said in his inaugural address which lasted less than 20 minutes. 


With the outgoing president, Barack Obama, and the congressional leadership sitting right behind him, Trump used his trademark bluntness to indict the way the nation's capital has operated for the last decade

"For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost," he argued. "Washington flourished - but the people did not share in its wealth," he added.

"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."

And that was just the beginning. See below other highlight from the opening minutes of the Trump administration.

Watch highlights of the Trump speech below. 

UPDATE 12:29 pm:

Trump made a point in his speech to use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" when describing conflicts abroad.

Traditionally, other presidents and congressmen have shied away from using the phrase for its inflammatory nature.

Donald Trump eviscerated Washington in his inaugural address

WATCH | Trump says that he will fight "radical Islamic terrorism."

UPDATE 12:18 pm:

Trump finished his speech on a bombastic note, playing on his campaign slogan by saying that he and his supporters will make America great again. 

“We will make America great again, thank you, God bless you, God bless America," said Trump. 

And with that, Trump's first speech is over. Trump spoke for under 20 minutes, as was expected. 

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WATCH | Trump finishes his speech by echoing his campaign promise, saying he'll make America great again. 


UPDATE 12:16 pm:

Trump has emphasized that America's interests will be put first no matter what.

"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 American interests will always come first.

WATCH | Trump decried the challenges facing the nation today. 

UPDATE 12:12 pm:

Trump has moved onto specifically describing issues he sees in the country today, including the breakdown of American manufacturing, drugs, gang violence, and the unreciprocated protection of countries across the world.

“The wealth of the middle class has been ripped from their homes and redistributed across the world," said Trump. 

"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," Trump said emphatically.

Donald Trump eviscerated Washington in his inaugural address

WATCH | Trump says that America has made other countries rich.


UPDATE 12:06 pm:

Trump opened his speech by thanking his predecessor, Barack Obama, for his help during the transition of power.

Next, he criticized those in Washington who he said had forgotten those who bore the cost of the actions of politicians.

"We are transferring power from Washington DC and giving it back to you, the people," said Trump. 

Donald Trump eviscerated Washington in his inaugural address

WATCH | Trump says that America is facing hardships

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