(Reuters/Carlos Barria)

WATCH: Donald Trump's inauguration as he becomes the 45th president

Donald Trump takes the oath of office and sets the tone for the next four years


Jeremy Binckes
January 20, 2017 8:30PM (UTC)

Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States at noon on Friday.

The ceremony will begin with the arrival of Trump and his soon-to-be first lady Melania Trump at the White House, where they'll meet President Barack Obama and Michelle. The president-elect and the president will then ride to the Capitol. The ceremony is slated to begin about 11:30 a.m., and after Trump is inaugurated, he will deliver his inaugural speech, which he has claimed to have penned himself.

Advertisement:

Attending the inauguration will be former presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. It's been reported that former president Bill Clinton — along with his wife, Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton — will also attend. Former president George H. W. Bush won't be at the event, following his admittance on Wednesday to a hospital in Houston with respiratory problems.

After Trump's speech, Obama will depart, and Trump will ride down Pennsylvania Avenue — perhaps walking some of the way — back to the White House, where he'll watch the inaugural parade.

Trump's inauguration will be met with protest. A Women's March on Washington has been planned for Saturday to serve as a grassroots challenge Trump's presidency. Its mission statement calls for "protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country." Despite the march's rather female-centric name, men are expected to attend the D.C. demonstration as well as sister events in locales across the country and around the world.

Advertisement:

Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

MORE FROM Jeremy BinckesFOLLOW jbinckes


Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Donald Trump Donald Trump Inauguration

Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •