President Donald John Trump

President Donald John Trump

Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (2L) administers the oath of office to U.S. President Donald Trump (L) as his wife Melania Trump holds the Bible and son Barron Trump looks on, on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/AFP
Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (2L) administers the oath of office to U.S. President Donald Trump (L) as his wife Melania Trump holds the Bible and son Barron Trump looks on, on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/AFP

President Donald Trump assumed power Friday with a fiercely nationalistic vow to put "America first."

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Trump takes office with 'America first' vow

AFP – President Donald Trump assumed power Friday with a fiercely nationalistic vow to put "America first," declaring a new political era after being sworn in as the 45th US head of state.

Hundreds of thousands of people stood in the rain-splattered National Mall to see the 70-year-old Republican billionaire take the oath of office and deliver a stridently populist call-to-arms.

Another view of the oath-taking ceremony. Scott Olson/AFP

"From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land," Trump said, promising an end to business-as-usual in Washington. "From this moment on, it's going to be only America First."

"Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, DC. And giving it back to you, the people."

L-R: First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump former President Barack Obama and Michelle talk on the East front steps of the US Capitol after inauguration ceremonies on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK

"Together we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And, yes, together, we will make America great again," Trump said.

Moments before, the incoming US leader had placed his left hand on a bible used by Abraham Lincoln and recited the 35-word oath spoken since George Washington.

While the US capital city no longer provides official crowd counts, the turnout was visibly smaller than for Barack Obama's two inaugurations, in 2009 and 2013, with sections of the Mall and bleachers along the parade route left empty.

And as the incoming leader rallied his supporters for the swearing-in, throngs of his opponents also converged on Washington.

Most of the protests – by an array of anti-racist, anti-war, feminist, LGBT, pro-immigration and marijuana legalisation groups – were noisy but peaceful, though sporadic violence marred the day.

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Vocabulary

  • administration: the government of a country - รัฐบาล
  • array: a group or collection of things or people, often one that is large or impressive - การจัดเรียง, ขบวน
  • assume power (verb): to take power, to officially take a powerful position -
  • bible: a book containing important information on a subject, that you refer to very often - ตำราที่เชื่อได้, คู่มือที่เชื่อได้
  • billionaire: having more than a billion pounds, dollars (or a billion baht in Thailand) - คนที่รวยมากๆ มีทรัพย์สินพันล้านดอลล่าร์
  • bleachers (noun): rows of seats at a sports ground or event that are cheaper and not covered by a roof - ที่นั่งราคาถูกในการดูกีฬา
  • call-to-arms (idiom): a call to prepare for a fight or confrontation -
  • capital: the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง
  • converge: to come from different directions to reach the same point - มุ่งหน้าไปยัง
  • declare: to announce officially that something is true or happening - ประกาศ ยืนยัน
  • era: a period of time that has a particular quality or character - ยุค, สมัย
  • feminist (noun): a person who supports the belief that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men - ผู้สนับสนุนสิทธิสตรี
  • fiercely: very strongly - อย่างรุนแรง, อย่างดุเดือด
  • govern: to control the way that things happen - ควบคุม, บังคับ, ครอบงำ
  • head of state: the official leader of a country who is sometimes also the leader of the government - ประมุขแห่งรัฐ ผู้นำของรัฐ
  • immigration: the process in which people enter a country in order to live there permanently - การย้ายถิ่นฐาน
  • inauguration: an official ceremony to celebrate that someone is starting an important new job - พิธีสาบานตนเข้ารับตำแหน่ง
  • incoming: recently elected or chosen - ใหม่
  • legalisation (noun): the fact of making something legal - นิติกรณ์
  • LGBT (adj): abbreviation for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender" -
  • mar: to spoil something - ทำให้เสียหาย
  • marijuana (noun): a drug (illegal in many countries) made from the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, which gives the person smoking it a feeling of being relaxed - กัญชา, ต้นกัญชา
  • merely: used for emphasising that something is small or unimportant - เพียงเท่านั้น
  • nationalistic (adj.): having very strong feelings of love for and pride in your country, so that you think that it is better than any other - ชาตินิยม
  • oath (noun): a formal promise - การกล่าวปฏิญาณตน
  • oath of office: a formal promise to carry out the duties of an important job, in this case, the job of president of the United States - คำสาบานตนเข้ารับตำแหน่ง
  • opponent: someone who disagrees with you or who is competing against you - ผู้ไม่เห็นด้วยกับ, ฝ่ายตรงข้าม
  • populist: related to the type of politics that claims to represent the opinions and wishes of ordinary people or to support programmes that will benefit the ordinary people - ประชานิยม
  • proud: feeling pleased and satisfied about something that you own or have done, or are connected with - ภูมิใจ
  • racist: someone who does not like or respect people who belong to races that are different from their own and who believes their race is better than others - คนที่กีดกันหรือเหยียดเชื้อชาติ
  • rally (verb): to bring people together to support or oppose someone/something - รวมตัวกันเพื่อสนับสนุน หรือประท้วง
  • recite (verb): to say something that you have learned or memorised - อ่านออกเสียง
  • route: the roads, paths, waterways, etc., used to go from one place to another - เส้นทาง
  • section: any of the parts into which something is divided - ส่วน
  • splatter: (of a liquid) to hit a surface violent and spread over an area - กระเด็น
  • sporadic: not regular or frequent - ซึ่งเกิดขึ้นนานๆ ครั้ง, ที่เกิดขึ้นเป็นพักๆ
  • stridently (adv): in an aggressive and determined way - อย่างแข็งกร้าว
  • sworn in: when someone gives a formal promise at an official ceremony, especially at the beginning of an important job - สาบานตนเข้ารับตำแหน่ง, กล่าวคำปฏิญาณเพื่อรับตำแหน่งหน้าที่
  • throngs (noun): crowds or large groups of people - ฝูงชน, ประชาชนจำนวนมากที่มาชุมนุมกัน, กลุ่มคน
  • transfer: to move from one person/thing to another - ส่งผ่าน, ถ่ายทอด
  • turnout: the number of people who come to an event or take part in an activity - ผู้ที่เข้าร่วม
  • violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย
  • visibly: in a way that is easily noticeable - อย่างชัดแจ้ง, อย่างเห็นได้ชัด
  • vision: the ability to imagine how a country, society, industry, etc. could develop in the future and to plan in a suitable way - วิสัยทัศน์
  • vow: to make a formal and serious promise to do something or to promise what you say is true - สาบาน, ปฏิญาณ
  • wealthy: having a large amount of money, land, and other valuable things   - ที่มั่งคั่ง ร่ำรวย
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