Donald Trump to be sworn in as US president

Donald J. Trump is set to be sworn in as the 45th United States President as in an event likely to draw 900,000 people

Donald J. Trump is set to be sworn in as the 45th United States President on Friday in an event likely to draw 900,000 people, including protesters, and millions watching worldwide.

“It all begins today!” Trump wrote in a note on Twitter at about 7:30 a.m. “I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES - THE WORK BEGINS!”

He stayed the previous night at an official guest house near the White House and then attended a morning prayer service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a block away.

 Protests near the Capitol building turned violent on as some members of the anti-Trump marchers started vandalizing stores in Washington, forcing police to use pepper spray and other crowd-control measures.

“There is no doubt that there so much divide among Americans today but today is a show of democracy as Obama transitions power to Trump,” Vice President for Policy and Research at The Middle East Institute Paul Salem told Al Arabiya.

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 In the Middle East, Trump has said he wants to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, at the risk of angering Arabs. He has yet to sketch out how he plans to carry out a campaign pledge to “knock the hell out of” Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

Trump’s policies on the Middle East is more mysterious than it is clear in the run up to his presidency. He has said he would go at ISIS but how he will do it still remains a question,” Nabeel Khoury, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, told Al Arabiya.

“This inauguration has a much different feel compared to Obama’s in 2008 and 2012. Back then, we were seeing a lot of celebrations but in the run up to today’s events we are seeing a lot of protests in and around the capital,” Khoury said.

Source: Al arabiya

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