"We've defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own, and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay," President Trump said Friday in his inaugural address.
It’s unclear exactly what figures Trump was referring to, but finding an exact cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is difficult. Independent researchers have pegged the cost in the trillions of dollars, while other estimates have been more modest.
Over the past 15 years, the U.S. government has directly appropriated around $2 trillion to fight the wars, but that doesn’t include other costs, such as humanitarian funding and services for veterans after they return home.
A group of students walked out of Augustus Hawkins High School in South Los Angeles on Friday to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump. It was one of several student actions at campuses in the L.A. Unified School District.
District officials at first declined to confirm that the walkout had occurred, but video, apparently shot by students, was posted on social media showing students marching outside the school’s fence, chanting and holding umbrellas. It’s not clear how many students left campus.
Officials declined to name other schools where there were reports of student protests, saying they were looking into the situations.
Barack Obama left town Friday promising his closest friends and supporters that their cause will live on, declaring the day’s events “just a little pit stop” on the way to the progress they want to see.
In his first remarks as a private citizen, Obama addressed almost 2,000 people in a hangar at this military base as newly sworn-in President Donald Trump was already signing his first executive orders.
Many of those present had just cleaned out their desks and offices at the White House, or at other government buildings around town, and were moving on to uncertain futures under the Republican president.
When Nellie's Sports Bar opened its doors for a "Farewell Obama Love Trumps Hate" brunch, the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump was playing on the television upstairs. But on the main floor, the TVs were blank. As one of the bar's employees said looking out at the crowd, this was "their show."
Servers wore defaced inauguration shirts, bartenders served a drink thumbing their noses at the new president, "... Trump punch" (Stoli Ohranj vodka, triple sec, Sprite, orange juice and a splash of cranberry), and just about everyone was singing.
Performer Riley Knoxx came out dancing to Beyonce's "Sorry" and screams of delight. Then Shi-Queeta Lee (who came up with the T-shirt idea) entered in a leopard ensemble paired with a bright yellow fur coat, dancing to Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." The mood was electric.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) felt obligated to attend the inauguration as a member of Congress, but wanted to use the platform to show her displeasure with President-elect Donald Trump. That came in the form on a pink hat with cat ears.
You may have noticed a smattering of pink hats and scarves among the members of Congress watching Trump’s inauguration today — a subtle protest from some Democrats ahead of Saturday’s Women’s March.
He said it on the campaign trail and, just moments after being sworn into office, President Trump said it again on a new platform, the White House website:
He intends to roll back former President Obama’s signature efforts to fight climate change, reverse other environmental laws, dramatically expand fossil fuel production on public lands, revive the coal industry, establish “energy independence” from the OPEC “cartel” but also “work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy.”
Trump’s “America First Energy Plan” was the top item under the “issues” section of the wholly revamped White House site that appeared just after noon Eastern time.
If disaster had struck Donald Trump's inauguration, where most members of the legislative, executive and judicial branches gathered at the Capitol, outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson would have become president of the United States.
Johnson, the Cabinet member selected as the designated survivor during President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address last year, reprised his role during the 45th president's inauguration.
It's typically associated with State of the Union addresses, but every four years on Inauguration Day, the outgoing or incumbent administration selects a designated survivor who would be prepared to take the oath of office if necessary. The White House keeps the identity of the chosen one a secret until the day of the event, and the person's location remains a mystery until the all-clear.