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Summary

  1. Donald Trump sworn in as 45th US president, in historic power transfer from President Obama
  2. In his inaugural address he vowed to fight for the "forgotten" Americans
  3. Taking aim at Washington elites, he vowed: "Our country will prosper again"
  4. Protesters have smashed windows and clashed with riot police on Washington's streets

Live Reporting

By Max Matza and Yaroslav Lukov

All times stated are UK

Trump arrives at White House

Nineteen months after descending that golden escalator in the lobby of Trump Tower to launch his improbable bid for the White House, the new president strides into the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

One of the most remarkable campaigns in living memory ends here, as he takes over as 45th commander-in-chief.

Keep track of his progress here with our handy Trump Tracker.

Donald Trump waves with wife Melania during the Inaugural Parade in Washington
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Donald Trump waves with wife Melania during the Inaugural Parade in Washington

Trump's Secretary of Defence is confirmed

"Mad Dog" at his confirmation hearing
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"Mad Dog" survived his confirmation hearing

James "Mad Dog" Mattis has been confirmed by the Senate.

The retired Marine general is Trump's first nominee to be formally approved.

Mattis required a formal waiver to be eligible to serve, due to a requirement that a person be out of the armed services for at least seven years before being eligible to become Defence Secretary.

George W Bush v rain poncho

As Trump began his inauguration speech earlier, it started raining.

VIP guests put on their rain ponchos and opened umbrellas, but it looks like former US President George W Bush struggled a bit... 

His former Vice-President Dick Cheney (sitting behind him) can't hide his amusement.

Former US President George W Bush tries to put on his rain poncho
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George W Bush struggles with his rain poncho
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George W Bush covers himself from rain
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George W Bush covers himself from rain
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Twitter warps fabric of internet

Twelve million tweets have been sent so far today on the #Inauguration.

Those posts peaked at 58,000 per minute at 12:02pm local time.

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Twitter inauguration-palooza

How conservatives rated Trump speech

Trump walks through the doorway to the inauguration podium
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Conservative commentators react to Trump's speech online.

Trump walks through the doorway to the inauguration podium

How conservatives rated Trump speech

Conservative commentators react to Trump's speech online.

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Scots protests against Trump

Edinburgh protests
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Hundreds of protesters taken place across Scotland to oppose the presidency of Donald Trump.

Edinburgh protests

Scots protests against Trump presidency

Hundreds of protesters march in Scotland to oppose the presidency of Donald Trump.

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New petitions hit White House

Screenshot of a petition on the White House website
White House website

Two new petitions have appeared on the White House website: one calling for an immediate "release of Trump's full tax returns", while the other one says the 45th president "should divest his financial and business holdings or have them administered by a truly blind trust".

Dem senator: Protesters 'disgusting'

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Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has some harsh words for the protesters causing damage around Washington DC.

“Nothing is more un-American than protesters who are not peaceful - disgusting,” tweeted McCaskill.  

“I understand the angst out there today for all of you throwing stuff at me,” she added. "Sorry, but I believe peaceful protest is always the right way."  

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Protests across America

Anti-Trump demos have been held across the US.

Demonstrators in San Francisco
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In San Francisco, demonstrators formed a human chain around the famous Golden Gate Bridge
Protesters march in Seattle
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In Seattle, students rallied on the streets
Demonstrators in Los Angeles
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In a rainy Los Angeles, demonstrators held placards that read "We the people are greater than fear"

'Flesh of slain animals'

Searches for "carnage" spiked after Trump used the word during his speech.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary helpfully points out that the earliest meaning in English of the word is: "the flesh of slain animals or men."  

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Limo ablaze in DC

A limousine that was vandalised earlier in the day by protesters is now fully ablaze.

Firefighters are now responding. There are multiple fires burning throughout the city, as President Trump leads a parade to the White House. 

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French media warily welcomes 'new era'

French newspapers (file photo)
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French media this evening has reflected what many in the world seem to be thinking - the Trump presidency will be a step into the unknown. 

Respected daily Liberation said Trump's speech "remains entirely in line with his campaign statements". 

"Calmer than usual, in a composed voice, this time Trump put on a presidential posture," it said.

Meanwhile, Le Parisien called Trump's speech "anti-elite, anti-decline and combative". 

"In a combative political speech, which lasted about 15 minutes, right after taking the oath on the Bible, the 45th president of the United States promised to 'strengthen the old alliances and forge new ones,'" the paper stated.

Business daily Les Echos simply put it that "America has just entered a new era". 

Elsewhere, former President Nicolas Sarkozy has broken his social media silence to wish Barack Obama all the best.

It was Sarkozy's first tweet since he was defeated by ex-PM Francois Fillon in the first round of France's Republican presidential primary in November. 

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Live streaming parade

We are live streaming on the BBC News Instagram account at the back portion of the inaugural parade. Follow @BBCNews on Instagram and watch the live stream on your phone!

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Young men's messages

Children in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have given their take on the transition of power.

"I don't think he's gonna lead the country right," one young man says of Trump.

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Trump and Melania are on foot

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The president and first lady are heading towards their new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

As is traditional during US presidential inaugurations, they walked some of the route, emerging briefly with their son, Barron, from the armoured vehicle known as The Beast. 

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Remember me?

Barack Obama has used his civilian Twitter account for the first time since becoming a former president.

His new bio simply calls him "Dad, husband, President, citizen".

And Michelle Obama got in on the act, too.

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Malia bags Weinstein internship

According to the Hollywood Reporter, former first daughter Malia Obama is taking up an internship with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, in his New York office. It's reportedly part of her gap year before the 18-year-old goes to Harvard University in the autumn.

Malia Obama leaves the State Dining room of the White House
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Malia Obama leaves the State Dining room of the White House

Crowds cheer Trump

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Donald Trump is in The Beast - the president's armoured car. The parade route is about a mile and a half and is proceeding at walking pace. It's a traditional part of the inauguration pomp and ceremony. Trump will get out and walk the final yards to his new home. 

The crowds are 10 deep in places and are chanting Trump's name.

Some in the crowd, who have come to Washington DC from across the US, have been waiting to catch a glimpse of the new president since the early hours.

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Mexico prez seeks 'dialogue'

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has congratulated Donald Trump on his inauguration, tweeting that he would work to improve bilateral ties. 

But he also vowed to protect Mexico's national interests in any future dealings with the new US government, stressing he wanted "a respectful dialogue".

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Black marching band braves backlash

The Talladega Marching Tornadoes are a historically black college marching band that agreed to play for Donald Trump's inauguration, despite intense pressure to bow out. 

We asked them why, despite the fierce backlash, they made the trip to Washington DC.

Read our full report here.

Meet the marching band that agreed to play Trump's inauguration

Trump on parade

Donald Trump's presidential motorcade is making slow progress down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, watched by cheering crowds.

En route, he is passing his hotel, Trump International.

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Trump committed to 'special relationship' - UK

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said Donald Trump is committed to strengthening the so-called special relationship between Britain and the United States, after the new president promised to put "America first" in trade deals.

Following his inaugration address, May, who is keen to seal a swift post-Brexit trade deal with the US, said: "From our conversations to date, I know we are both committed to advancing the special relationship between our two countries and working together for the prosperity and security of people on both sides of the Atlantic. 

"I look forward to discussing these issues and more when we meet in Washington." 

May is expected to visit Trump in the spring.

Fun facts about Trump inauguration

Trump inauguration: A few fast facts from the speech

Congressman greets Clinton, then condemns her on Instagram

Jason Chaffetz, the Republican congressman who chairs the House Oversight Committee, posted an image online of himself shaking Hillary Clinton's hand.

"So pleased she is not the President," he wrote. "I thanked her for her service and wished her luck."

"The investigation continues," he writes, in reference to his committee's investigation into Clinton's use of a personal email server during her time as Secretary of State. 

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'Prepare for rough ride'

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (file photo)
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German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel

World politicians have also reacted to Trump's inauguration speech. 

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Trump's address had "high nationalistic tones", adding that "we have to prepare for a rough ride". 

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warned the global economy could suffer devastating consequences if countries started a race to the bottom in taxes, trade and financial regulation. 

Trump claps Clintons

Here's Trump leading a standing ovation at a Capitol Hill luncheon for Bill and Hillary Clinton.

"I was very, very honoured," he said, when he heard his former bitter rivals were coming.

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Protesters disrupt London

Richard Lister

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Anti-Trump protesters disrupted traffic in central London waving placards and chanting "Hey hey! Ho ho! Donald Trump has got to go." 

Bemused shoppers in Oxford Street filmed on camera phones and some joined the marchers.  Car and bus drivers blasted their horns, some in irritation and others apparently in support. 

This wasn't supposed to happen. The demonstrators were due to march around the small park in front of the US embassy but after assembling, those at the front of the march quickly turned towards the heart of the central London to maximise their protest. 

They carried banners warning of climate change disaster and a Trump-inspired nuclear arms race. Others have concerns about US policy which long predate the 45th President. 

A man in an orange jump suit and a clown mask has a banner reading "15 years in Guantanamo is no joke". 

That's an issue which has now moved from Barack Obama's inbox, to President Trump's.

A demonstration against Trump takes place in Oxford Circus, London
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A demonstration against Trump takes place in Oxford Circus, London

The story of the day

The best of the day's action, in a handy montage...

Donald Trump's inauguration: Story of the day

Trump reviews the troops

Troops dressed as soldiers from Revolutionary times
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Some troops dressed as soldiers from Revolutionary times

President Trump and Vice-President Pence are now on the steps of Congress, observing as a military parade moves past.

Trump has given the occasional salute to the troops, some of whom are dressed as Revolutionary-era soldiers.

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Make London Great Again

Many commentators today have assumed the red-white-and-blue coat that Trump's senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, wore was made in tribute to the American flag.

Apparently not.

According to fashion website Net-A-Porter, the Gucci jacket was "inspired by the city of London".

"This coat is tailored from royal-blue, off-white and red wool with a matte finish".

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Some social media users have mocked the design of the £2,900 coat.

Have a look at some of their wittiest work.

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Alt-right leader 'attacked'

The BBC's Davis Willis says a noisy protest is underway at the junction of 13th and K St in DC. Seems to be a mixture of anarchists, Black Lives Matter activists and other causes. No sign of violence at the moment. 

Meanwhile, Richard Spencer, a prominent figure in the alt-right movement, whose members celebrated Trump's election victory with Nazi salutes, says he has been attacked by anti-fascist demonstrators in DC. 

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'Angriest inaugural ever'

Dr Mike Cornfield, political management expert, says President Trump was "confrontational"

Global anti-Trump protests

Anti-Trump protests have been staged in Washington and a number of countries around the world.

Protesters clash with police in Washington
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In the US capital, there were clashes between anti-Trump protesters and police during the inauguration speech
Protesters carry placards in Madrid, Spain
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In Spain's capital Madrid, demonstrators marched with placards depicting Barack Obama with the word "hope" and Donald Trump with "hate"
Protesters in Lima, Peru
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In Lima, Peru, demonstrators condemned Trump's stance on women's rights
An anti-Trump demonstrator is arrested by police in Hong Kong
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In Hong Kong, a protester chained himself to the front gate of the US consulate but was later led away by police

Public transit 'at record low'

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Metro ridership for Inauguration Day 2017 is at it's lowest point in years, the Washington Post reports.

Dan Stessel, a spokesman for the city's public transportation system said they expect to provide about 400,000 rides by the end of the day.

That's beneath the typical weekday ridership of 639,000, he says.

And it's way below Obama's first inauguration, when about 1.1 million people rode the Metro.

Obama's farewell address

Here's Obama's first post-presidential address, in which he thanked his staff, before he and Michelle Obama were whisked away on holiday.

Barack Obama: 'Yes we did, yes we can'