Wednesday 20 September 2017

Five things you need to know about Donald Trump’s inauguration

Donald Trump
Donald Trump
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Ten weeks after Donald Trump’s shock US presidential election win, Trump will become the 45th President of the United States.

A grand ceremony will be held on January 20 outside the US Capitol in Washington DC.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrive for a New Year's Eve celebration with members and guests at the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrive for a New Year's Eve celebration with members and guests at the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach

As Donald Trump takes the Oath of Office he will officially become the US president.

Here is everything you need to know:

1. Performers

There has been much speculation over who will perform at the inauguration ceremony.

The Rockettes, America’s Got Talent opera star Jackie Evancho and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will all be performing at the event.

Kanye West started rumours that he will also perform after meeting Donald Trump at Trump Tower and saying he would have voted for him in the elections.

2. The White House handover

There is a fast turn-around at the White House as Barack Obama will wake up at the White House and Donald Trump will go to bed there on January 20.

No doubt the White House is preparing vigorously for the presidential handover.

3. Who will attend?

Donald Trump listens as Obama speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office following Trump's election in November
Donald Trump listens as Obama speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office following Trump's election in November

Hillary and Bill Clinton will attend the ceremony alongside George W Bush and his wife Laura, according to Time.

Former president Jimmy Carter said he would attend the inauguration while former president George H.W. Bush has said he will not attend Trump’s inauguration, citing his health and age (he is 92).

Leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage also said he would attend the ceremony telling Sky News “I can’t wait”.

The prime 1,600 guests will include the Obamas, the Speaker of the House, former Presidents, diplomatic corps, Cabinet members and nominees, Congressmen and women, governors and the joint chiefs of staff.

4. How will Obama make his exit?

Barack Obama and his family will leave the White House for the final time on inauguration day on January 20, 2017.

After Trump’s address there will be a departure ceremony for Barack Obama. After his goodbye speech he will make a swift exit like previous presidents who have left by jet, helicopter and car.

WASHINGTON, DC: President Barack Obama during a phone call in the Oval Office in 2013, in Washington D.C. Photo by Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC: President Barack Obama during a phone call in the Oval Office in 2013, in Washington D.C. Photo by Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images
New normal: Michelle and Barack Obama with daughters Malia (18) and Sasha Obama (15), pictured far right, who has begun a summer job in a restaurant
New normal: Michelle and Barack Obama with daughters Malia (18) and Sasha Obama (15), pictured far right, who has begun a summer job in a restaurant

5. What will happen to Trump’s family?

President-elect Donald Trump told reporters he will live in the White House after he takes the oath of office, but that his wife Melania and 10-year-old son Barron will be living in New York temporarily to allow their son to finish out the year at the same school.

This has caused much controversy as it could cause security issues for the family.

However it’s likely that Melania and son Barron will remain at Trump Tower until the 10-year-old finishes school, whether it be just for this school year is unclear.

Donald Trump with wife Melania and son Barron (10)
Donald Trump with wife Melania and son Barron (10)

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