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20 January 2017 - On the Eve of Trump's Inauguration

The Trump Transition: Trump becomes president
Elise Viebeck (The Washington Post, 19/01/2017)

It’s happening: By noon Eastern time on Friday, Donald Trump will be president. He arrived in Washington with flair Thursday, speaking to tens of thousands of people at a concert at the Lincoln Memorial and praising his incoming Cabinet during a stop at his downtown hotel.

Through it all, Trump remained Trump, abandoning none of his old habits, with less than 24 hours before the inauguration. The president-elect live-tweeted his arrival. He criticized people who underestimated him during the election. And, with characteristic grandiosity, he set the stage for his incoming administration.

“We have by the far the highest IQ of any Cabinet ever assembled,” he said in remarks at the Trump International Hotel.

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Trump's Administration
 
A Trump Administration, With Obama Staff Members Filling In the Gaps
Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush (The New York Times, 19/01/2017)
 
Donald J. Trump arrived in Washington the day before his inauguration as the nation’s 45th president in a swirl of cinematic pageantry but facing serious questions about whether his chaotic transition has left critical parts of the government dangerously short-handed.

Mr. Trump will be sworn in at noon Eastern time on Friday, but his team was still scrambling to fill key administration posts when he got here on Thursday, announcing last-minute plans to retain 50 essential State Department and national security officials currently working in the Obama administration to ensure “continuity of government,” according to Sean Spicer, the incoming White House press secretary.

The furious final staff preparations included designating Thomas A. Shannon Jr., an Obama appointee, as the acting secretary of state, pending the expected confirmation of Rex W. Tillerson.

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Women's March
 
Protesters Prepare For Women's March After Trump's Inauguration
Hansi Lo Wang (NPR, 20/01/2017)
 
Just over ten weeks after the idea was first proposed in a Facebook post, tens of thousands of protesters are heading to the nation's capital for the Woman's March on Washington on Saturday.

Similar marches are planned in more than 600 other cities and towns around the world. But the largest is expected to take place in Washington, D.C., less than 24 hours into the presidency of Donald Trump.

Organizers are expecting around 200,000 marchers to gather on the National Mall. To accommodate the throng of visitors, Washington's Metro subway system will add trains and open two hours early – at 5 a.m. – on Saturday.

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Army of Protesters
 
Donald Trump to be sworn in on day that few expected and many feared
David Smith (The Guardian, 19/01/2017)
 
Donald Trump, the most disruptive political candidate in modern times, will on Friday be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, and face immediate pressure to deliver an inaugural address that can start to heal a divided nation and reassure an anxious world.

Nearly a million people are expected on the national mall in Washington for a ceremonial transfer of power that will observe time-honoured traditions and pageantry but usher in profound political uncertainties.

Trump has promised to shake up the postwar liberal order, issued contradictory policy statements and, even before taking office, sparked anger in foreign capitals with his volatile approach. Questions have been raised over the character and temperament of a man who boasted about groping women and still picks fights with fellow celebrities on Twitter. The world’s sole superpower is on the precipice of the unknown.

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Last update January 20, 2017
Créé le January 20, 2017
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