Donald Trump's Presidential Transition Live Blog

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump will become America's 45th president today. Follow the action of the presidential inauguration here.

If the country is still divided, the physical space of District of Columbia is ready. Millions are expected to converge in and around the U.S. Capitol, where a massive inauguration platform has been built. Events include a prayer service, swearing-in ceremony, parade and luncheon, all amid high security in the nation's capital.

This live blog will keep you up to date throughout the day, with photos and updates from reporters Stephen Koff and Sabrina Eaton and national media, as well as reaction from around the world.

Just refresh your browser for updates. The latest news will be at the top.


4:11 p.m.: President Trump and Melania Trump exit the car to walk along the parade route. The walked for about five minutes with their son.

The live blog is signing off - follow parade and inaugural ball coverage on

.@POTUS and @FLOTUS and First Family walk the parade. #Inauguration #Trump45

-- Fox News (@FoxNews) January 20, 2017

3:47 p.m.: President Trump will face some challenges in achieving his goals.

4 things President Donald Trump said, and the challenges he faces in achieving them. @clevelanddotcom

-- SteveKoff (@SteveKoff) January 20, 2017

3:43 p.m.: U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan took an encouraging message from President Donald Trump's inaugural speech. 

Rep. Tim Ryan reacts to Donald Trump's speech

3:35 p.m.: President Trump has reviewed the troops at the Capitol and is entering the car to go to the parade. The parade will begin about an hour later than scheduled.

3:29 p.m.: Pope Francis sends a letter to the new president.

Pope Francis sends letter to President Trump: "I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers."

-- ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2017

3:26 p.m.:  The new White House website includes a link where people can post petitions.

The first one posted is: "Immediately release Donald Trump's full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance." It has 3,320 signatures.

Another petitions requests "Divest or put in a blind trust all of the President's business and financial assets."  It has 152 signatures.

3:16 p.m.:  President Trump thanked Hillary Clinton in remarks at the end of the luncheon and asked the crowd to stand for her.

 But she hasn't commented on the inauguration.

I asked Sec. Clinton what she thought of the speech. "Hi, how are you?" she said.

-- Robert Costa (@costareports) January 20, 2017

2:53 p.m.:  President Trump's luncheon is ending and the parade should begin shortly.

2:41 p.m.:  President Trump tweets from @POTUS for the first time.

President Donald Trump tweets from @POTUS

2:28 p.m.: Another White House web page has disappeared.

A page on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights is gone. A White House climate change page disappeared shortly after the inauguration. was replaced by a Trump page but now says the 'page is not found."  

2:18 p.m.: Protests continue in the city as people line up along the parade route.  

90 arrests, 2 police officers injured and several store windows and ATMs smashed #InaugurationDay

-- USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 20, 2017

2:14 p.m.: Buzzfeed has posted a countdown clock to the next inauguration.  

1:57 p.m.: What did everyone wear at the inauguration?

Presidential inauguration 2017: See what everyone's wearing

1:45 p.m.: Protestors in the streets of Washington. 

Protesters smashed windows of a Starbucks and Bank of America in Washington, DC, during Pres. Trump's inauguration

-- CNN (@CNN) January 20, 2017

1:31 p.m.: The Twitter account of former Cleveland mayor and staunch Democrat Dennis Kucinich was not hacked - he did enjoy Donald Trump's speech.

Dennis Kucinich cheers President Trump

1:23 p.m.: "This is just a little pit stop," Obama said. This is not a period, this is a comma in the continuing story of building America." 

Obama's last words before leaving D.C.: "Yes, we did. Yes, we can. God bless America" #InaugurationDay

-- CBS News (@CBSNews) January 20, 2017

1:17 p.m.: New White House webpage is live at

1:14 p.m.: As former President Obama speaks at Joint Base Andrews, President Trump signs official nominations for his cabinet picks.

1:09 p.m.: The Whlte House climate change page is gone.

Anyone going to the page - -  initially linked to a page promoting Trump and Pence. Now it says the page cannot be found.

White House climate change page gone in a flash

-- Marshall Shepherd (@DrShepherd2013) January 20, 2017

1:04 p.m.: President Trump tweeted portions of his speech on  @realDonaldTrump 

1:01 p.m.: Former Vice President Biden and his wife Jill board a train to Delaware.

Former Vice Pres. Biden and Dr. Jill Biden board Amtrak train to head home to Delaware.

-- ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2017

12:48 p.m.: Former President Obama and Michelle Obama depart. 

Former President Obama departs the U.S. Capitol to head to Joint Base Andrews in U.S. military helicopter.

-- ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2017

12:46 p.m.: Full text of Trump's speech. 

President Donald Trump pledges prosperity in his inaugural address. Full text of his speech: #Trump45

-- Fox News (@FoxNews) January 20, 2017

12:41 p.m.: Tweet from former Cleveland mayor, Democratic presidential candidate and congressman Dennis Kucinich. 

GREAT #inauguration speech @RealDonaldTrump! [?] [?] Congratulations & best wishes from Dennis & Elizabeth Kucinich[?] [?] watching from Beirut, Lebanon

-- Dennis Kucinich (@Dennis_Kucinich) January 20, 2017

12:38 p.m.: The Twitter account @POTUS and its 13.7 million followers changed hands on Friday at exactly 12:01 p.m. 

Under Obama's photo the account said said "Dad, husband and 44th president of the United States."

Under Trump's photo it says "45th President of the United States. Working on behalf of the American people to make our country great again."

There are currently no tweets. 

12:32 p.m.: Trump speech was divisive, say some. 

but despite this portion at the end, the speech was as divisive as his campaign speeches. Appears he intends to govern as he campaigned.

-- Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) January 20, 2017

12:26 p.m.: Jackie Evancho sings the National Anthem following benedictions. 

NOW: Jackie Evancho performs the National Anthem, concluding Pres. Trump's swearing-in ceremony #InaugurationDay

-- CBS News (@CBSNews) January 20, 2017

12:20 p.m.: Anti-Trump protestors march in Cleveland and police respond.

From E 9th and Superior

-- Courtney Astolfi (@CourtneyAstolfi) January 20, 2017

Woman was on the ground. Police pushing crowd back now.

-- Courtney Astolfi (@CourtneyAstolfi) January 20, 2017

Tussle with police. One man loaded into back of cruiser. Chanting "let him go"

-- Courtney Astolfi (@CourtneyAstolfi) January 20, 2017

12:19 p.m.: "America will start winning again. Winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our borders, we will bring back our wealth and we will bring back our dreams."

Trump said the country will "buy American and hire American."

"When America is united America is totally unstoppable, he said. "There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. Most importantly we will be protected by God.

"We must think big and dream even bigger. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk but no action, constantly complaining  but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and mind and spirit of America."


12:11 p.m.: "We have defended other nation's borders while refusing to defend our own," he said to applause, "and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen to disrepair and decay."

He spoke about the millions of workers who lost their jobs when factories close and the loss of wealth by middle class.

"From this day forward a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward it is going to be only 'America First,' 'America First.' Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers an American families."

12:07 p.m.: "Jan. 20, 2017 is the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."

 American want great school, safe neighborhoods and good jobs. "These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public. For too many of our citizens a different reality exists."

12:03 p.m.: Trump gives his speech - says "together we will determine the course of the world for many many years to come."

"We are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you, the people. For too long a small group in our nation's capital have  reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost."

"This moment is your moment. It belongs to you." 

12:00 p.m.: Trump takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts. Events were speeded up. U.S. Marine Band performs "Hail to the Chief" followed by a 21-gun salute.

11:59 a.m.: Police pepper sprayed protestors blocks from the inauguration.

Anti-Trump protestors gathered in Cleveland's Public Square.

Police confront protestors

11:57 a.m.: Donald Trump officially becomes president at noon, regardless of when he takes the oath of office, which will likely occur around 12:05 p.m. 

11:54 a.m.: Vice President Mike Pence takes an oath administered by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. There is no requirement that the  vice president take an oath.

11:51 a.m.: U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York spoke of how the country has a fractured media and "a politics frequently consumed by rancor."

He said people are devoted to their country and "today we celebrate one of democracy's core attributes  - the peaceful transfer of power."

The spirit of America lives on equally for families that have been here for generations and those that just arrived, he said.

11:45 a.m.: Cleveland Police horses are getting ready for the parade. 

Our horses [?] are cooler than your horses. Getting set to march in the #InaugurationDay2017 parade [?]

-- Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) January 20, 2017

11:42 a.m.: Several ministers give invocations. Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, repeats what he recently posted on Twitter. 

God blesses you when people mock, persecute, lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.Mat5:11

-- Samuel Rodriguez (@nhclc) January 20, 2017

11:37 a.m.: Protestors broke windows in the city.

Protesters dressed in black w/balaclavas broke windows at businesses and painted an anarchy sign at an office about a block from our bureau.

-- Alex Wayne (@aawayne) January 20, 2017

11:31 a.m.: President-elect Trump is announced and seated. He says "Thank you" several times as he walks down the stairs. 

President-elect @realDonaldTrump and future First Lady @MELANIATRUMP at #Inauguration. #Trump45

-- Fox News (@FoxNews) January 20, 2017

11:24 a.m.: A number of Democrat leaders are wearing buttons that say #ProtectOurCare. Male Democrats are wearing blue ties while male Republicans are wearing red ties.

Our values are what unite us. That has always been true -- and it always will be. #ProtectOurCare

-- Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) January 20, 2017

11:13 a.m.: Trump's advisor Kellyann Conway turns 50 today and is wearing a Gucci ensemble, according to USA Today.

She is wearing a patriotic Gucci ensemble that she described as "Trump revolutionary wear." 

However, not everyone on the Twitter was a fan of the red, white, and blue wool coat which retails for $3,600.

Why does Kellyanne Conway look like the old New England Patriots logo?

-- Tyler Brooke (@TylerDBrooke) January 20, 2017

11:06 a.m.: Here's what Ohio Gov. John Kasich says.

Honored to attend the inauguration & witness another peaceful transition of power - a hallmark of American democracy. #InaugurationDay

-- John Kasich (@JohnKasich) January 20, 2017

11:04 a.m.: Here's what Bernie Sanders says.

Our response to Mr. Trump's inauguration has to be to fight back for economic, social, environmental & racial justice. We're not giving up!

-- Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 20, 2017

11:03 a.m.: Hillary Clinton sends out a Tweet about the event.

I'm here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values. I will never stop believing in our country & its future. #Inauguration

-- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 20, 2017

11:00 a.m.: Cheers for Bill and Hillary Clinton, but they aren't rousing, reports Steve Koff.

10:56 a.m.: Videos of U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce  and U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi on what they would like to see Trump accomplish.

See U.S. reps. Dave Joyce, Pat Tiberi speak on Trump

10:51 a.m.: How it looked - 4 years ago compared to today.

10:34 a.m. exactly, 4 years ago and today.

-- Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 20, 2017

10:43 a.m.: Security is extremely tight in the city.

Security, tanks, dump trucks. This is how you do #Inauguration

-- Emily Brown (@emilygbrown) January 20, 2017

10:39 a.m.: The stand for television cameras.

If you're watching the inauguration on TV, here's where they shoot from.

-- SteveKoff (@SteveKoff) January 20, 2017

10:36 a.m.: Final Tweet from the Obama White House.

Yes we can.

Yes we did.

Thank you for being a part of the past eight years.

-- The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 20, 2017


10:33 a.m.: Video of President Obama leaving a letter for Donald Trump - a presidential tradition.

There's video of President Obama leaving a letter for President-elect Trump #InaugurationDay

-- CBS News (@CBSNews) January 20, 2017

10:30 a.m.: President Obama and Michelle Obama say goodbye. 

Pres. Obama, Michelle Obama send farewell message: "We want to thank you once again from the bottom of our hearts."

-- ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2017

10:25 a.m.: Seen in the crowd - Ohio's Joe the Plumber, a one-time unsuccessful candidate for Congress.

Presidential inauguration 2017: Joe the Plumber is there, and he rented a tux (video)

-- SteveKoff (@SteveKoff) January 20, 2017


10:21 a.m.: President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton arrive.

Hillary and Bill Clinton arrive at President-elect Trump's swearing-in ceremony #InaugurationDay

-- CBS News (@CBSNews) January 20, 2017

10:18 a.m.: The Obamas are given flags.

Flags that flew on the first and last day of President Obama's presidency presented to him and First Lady Michelle Obama as a parting gift.

-- ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2017

10:16 a.m.: Wealthy donor Sheldon Adelson has a prime seat.

Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam have been given dais seating. Extraordinarily rare for donors. Usually for members of congress, family.

-- Yashar (@yashar) January 20, 2017


10:11 a.m.: Some protestors are trying to block entrance check points.

Protesters closing off check points near Penn ave

-- Story Hinckley (@StoryHinckley) January 20, 2017

10:08 a.m.: Those attending the inauguration enter at specific gates.

Trump fans filing into his inauguration

-- Sabrina Eaton (@sabrinaeaton) January 20, 2017

10:04 a.m.: Melania Trump is wearing a Ralph Lauren ensemble. Her outfit consists of a cashmere cropped jacket and mock turtleneck dress, suede gloves and a suede clutch, all in sky blue. She hair is in an updo, a departure from her usual look of wearing her hair down.

Melania Trump debuts a classic American brand...and an updo! #InaugurationDay (Photo: AP)

-- USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 20, 2017

9:55 a.m.: President George W. Bush arrives at the Capitol. 

.@jeffzeleny gets a question to President George W. Bush as he enters Capitol. 43 says 41 and Barbara Bush are feeling better.

-- Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) January 20, 2017

9:45 a.m.: President-elect Donald Trump and Melania Trump are meeting with President Obama and Michelle Obama in the White House. Melania Trump gave Michelle Obama a gift from Tiffany's.  

The Trumps are greeted by the Obamas

-- fox8news (@fox8news) January 20, 2017

9:40 a.m.: President-elect Donald Trump and Melania Trump departed St. John's Church for the White House to meet with President Obama and Michelle Obama.  

9:38 a.m.: The view -

-- SteveKoff (@SteveKoff) January 20, 2017

9:33 a.m.: Vice President-elect Mike Pence Tweeted out photos from the prayer service.

We begin this historic and humbling day as we do every day, with a moment of reflection and prayer. #InaugurationDay

-- Mike Pence (@mike_pence) January 20, 2017


9:25 a.m.: President Barack Obama sent out a series of Tweets. He wrote:

"It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man."

"I won't stop; I'll be right there with you as a citizen, inspired by your voices of truth and justice, good humor, and love."

"I'm still asking you to believe - not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you."

 As we look forward, I want our first steps to reflect what matters most to you. Share your thoughts with me at

-- President Obama (@POTUS) January 20, 2017

9:19 a.m.: It is raining lightly. Rain is likely to continue throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Not too crowded yet. But it's early. And drizzling.

-- SteveKoff (@SteveKoff) January 20, 2017

9:14 a.m.: A Cleveland State University alum will be playing in the Marine Band today in the inaugural parade. A graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music is also in the band.

#CLEstate alum Michael Warnick has the honor of playing in the @marineband at the #inauguration today.

[?] :

-- Cleveland State (@CLE_State) January 20, 2017


9:06 a.m.: There is a long line of several hundred people for free joints. DCMJ, an advocacy organization that helped pass the marijuana legalization law in Washington, D.C., rolled 4,200 marijuana joints and intends to pass those out in Dupont Circle before the inauguration.

The group is then planning to march to the National Mall and light up the joints once Trump's speech hits the "4:20" mark. April 20 is known as National Weed Day.

The line is much much much longer now, stretching nearly a half mile from DuPont Circle down Massachusetts Ave

-- jessica testa (@jtes) January 20, 2017


9:03 a.m.: The White House walls are bare.

The White House went ghost on Obama's last night. Here's what it looked like.

-- David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) January 20, 2017

9 a.m.: The inauguration has drawn people with all views.

Just chants of "Hail Satan" while walking here in D.C. Turned around to this group heading toward the parade

-- Justin L. Mack (@justinlmack) January 20, 2017

8:57 a.m.: Richard Cordray's future as the nation's top consumer finance watchdog is in limbo. That means the former Ohio attorney general's future in politics is, too. reporter Henry Gomez examines the issues.

The Richard Cordray calculus: How Donald Trump can help or hinder him

8:48 a.m.: As Trump supporters gather near the U.S. Capitol, anti-Trump demonstrations have begun.

More demonstrators by Union Station

-- Sabrina Eaton (@sabrinaeaton) January 20, 2017

8:46 a.m.: Trump and his family have arrived at St. John's Episcopal Church for the traditional church service.

8:45 a.m.: The Washington Post had three minutes to photograph Donald Trump - watch what happened.

 Cool behind the scenes video of WaPo's recent portrait shoot with Donald Trump

-- Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) January 20, 2017

8:40 a.m.: What happens to the stock market when a new president begins his term?

Presidents and change in Dow Jones IA: Clinton +227%; Obama +148%; Reagan +136%; Bush -25%. Details @clevelanddotcom

-- Rich Exner (@RichExner) January 20, 2017

8:35 a.m.: Crowds are beginning to gather at the National Mall for #InaugurationDay. Some people have been waiting since 4 a.m.

8:30 a.m.: What will Melania Trump wear tonight at the inaugural balls? Check out what other First Ladies wore.

What is Melania Trump wearing? Check out first lady inaugural gowns throughout history

-- SteveKoff (@SteveKoff) January 20, 2017

8:10 a.m.: More than 30,000 motorcyclists who support Trump are expected to attend. They said they don't want to intimidate anyone. But riders have promised to create "a wall of meat" between protest groups and inaugural events, USA Today reported.

8:05 a.m.: Donald Trump is ready for the big day.

It all begins today! I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES - THE WORK BEGINS!

-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2017

View from Blair House, where President-elect Trump spent the night. Courtesy of press pool.

-- SteveKoff (@SteveKoff) January 20, 2017

8 a.m.: Inauguration Day has dawned in Washington D.C.

Here is the schedule of events: 

8:30 a.m.: Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, their Cabinet nominees and their families and friends will attend a church service at St. John's Episcopal Church. 

9:30 a.m.: Trump, Pence and their families will attend a tea hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle on the South Portico of the White House.

10 a.m.: President Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden will escort their successors to the Capitol for the inauguration.

11 a.m.: The inauguration program begins.

Noon: Pence will be sworn in as vice president then Trump will take the oath of office. Trump will deliver his inaugural address.

1 p.m.: The new president and vice president and their wives will will attend a Joint Congressional Inaugural Committee luncheon at the Capitol.

2:30 p.m.: Trump and Pence will attend a military review at the east front of the Capitol, and then parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

3 p.m.: In stands outside the White House Trump and Pence will observe the inaugural parade. Afterward, Trump is expected to work in the White House.

7 p.m.: Trump, Pence and their wives will attend the Liberty and Freedom Ball at the Washington Convention Center, followed by the Military Ball at the National Building Museum.

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