‘America first’: Trump’s inauguration speech echoes campaign rhetoric

In his inau­gu­ra­tion address on Friday, Donald Trump pledged to put “America first” and ensure that Amer­i­cans’ voices would be for­gotten no longer.

Early in his address, Trump took aim at the so-called Wash­ington estab­lish­ment, saying it has worked to ben­efit itself and not its cit­i­zens. This day, he said, “would be remem­bered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”

Far too many Amer­i­cans, he said, face poverty, fleeing jobs, crime, and poor edu­ca­tion. “This Amer­ican car­nage stops right here and stops right now.” He asserted that as the U.S. has spent tril­lions of dol­lars over­seas and pro­tected others’ orders, the nation’s infra­struc­ture has fallen into dis­re­pair and U.S. fac­to­ries have been shut­tered. “From this day for­ward, “Trump said, “a new vision will govern our land.”

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