Trump inauguration speech: ‘Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength’
President Donald J. Trump preached his populist and nationalist gospel in his first speech as the nation’s 45th chief of state, pledging an “America first” creed.
“The forgotten men and women of this country will be forgotten no longer,” the businessman and former reality television star said in front of the U.S. Capitol on Friday.
As raindrops fell on the crowd gathered on the National Mall, Trump said he planned to “transfer power from Washington, D.C.” to the people, taking swipes at longtime politicians, some of whom stood just over his shoulder. He told Americans that “you will never be ignored again,” repeating his campaign pledges to push companies to return jobs to the U.S. and to rebuild American infrastructure.
“We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs,” Trump said. “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.”
Just before his address, Trump, 70, took the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, capping a dizzying, chaotic rise to the White House. Wearing a red tie and speaking slowly with his left hand on two Bibles, Trump pledged to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”