It appears that Donald Trump’s campaign chant to “lock her up” is moving further and further into the newly inaugurated president’s rearview mirror. During his brief remarks before a congressional luncheon Friday on Capitol Hill, the president thanked Bill and Hillary Clinton for being in attendance for his inauguration and the subsequent luncheon. “I was very honored when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton was coming today,” Trump said of his election foe. “I’d like you to stand up,” he said to the crowd of members of Congress, dignitaries, and his cabinet nominees. “Honestly, there’s nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people.”
Among Donald Trump’s first acts as U.S. president was the overturning of Barack Obama’s fee cut for mortages provided by a Federal Housing Administration program popular with first-time home buyers and low-income borrowers. According to Bloomberg, the fee cuts, instituted in the waning days of Obama’s presidency, “would have reduced the annual premium for someone borrowing $200,000 by $500 in the first year.” Republican leaders have long argued that FHA fee reductions would lower the funds the agency has to use for mortgage defaults.
On Friday afternoon following the inauguration and swearing in of President Donald Trump in Washington D.C., a gathering of protesters in the downtown portion of the city turned chaotic as a small group of anti-Trump self-declared "anti-fascists" clashed with police. While a large number of marchers and demonstrators were peaceful, some of the protesters attempted to set up ad hoc barricades, and hurled objects such as rocks, plastic bottles, and small pieces of cement block towards the cops. The police responded by firing off flash bangs and pepper spray in attempts to disperse the crowd. Much of the incident occurred near the intersection of K and 12th and 13th Streets NW. Protesters chanted such popular slogans as “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” and the more succinct “Fuck Donald Trump.” Interim police chief Peter Newsham told reporters that it was just a small group, “maybe a couple hundred,” causing the chaos, literally “thousands of others” were peacefully demonstrating.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews described President Donald Trump’s strikingly populist and nationalist inaugural address as being reminiscent of Hitler’s rhetoric. “He said today ‘America first,’” Matthews said as President Obama departed D.C. by helicopter on screen. “It was not just the racial—I shouldn't say racial, I should say Hitlerian—background to it. The message I keep thinking is: What does [U.K. prime minister] Theresa May think of this when she picks up the paper and says, ‘Oh my God, what did he just say? He said America first. What happened to the special relationship?’ What if you’re Putin? You’re probably pounding the table, saying, ‘That’s what I’ve been saying! Russia first!’”
President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was reportedly blocked from entering the inauguration platform on Friday when he presented Capitol Police with the wrong passes. According to Roll Call, the firebrand confidant of Trump’s was in the Capitol Crypt hallway just moments before former President Barack Obama and Trump made their way out the hallway and down a set of stairs to the inaugural ceremony. “Please have somebody bring me that ticket,” Lewandowski pleaded during a phone coversation video-taped by a reporter. “I just can’t get past. I’m literally standing at the—I can see, like, the members of what is probably the cabinet. I can see the people walking onto, like, in the camera shot.” Additionally, he can be heard saying, “I’m standing right outside the Rotunda on the Senate side, I can see the procession.” When Capitol Police asked him to identify himself, Lewandowski replied, “I’m Mr. Trump’s campaign manager” (he served from January 2015 to June 2016, when he was fired). Roll Call reported that Lewandowski then pulled out several badges, none of which gained him access to the platform.
Fox News announced Friday that it had hired former United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage as a contributor for the cable channel and its sister Fox Business Network’s programming. Farage was best known as the far-right leader of Britain’s more anti-immigrant, nationalist supporters of Brexit—the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. The former UKIP leader’s success with the Brexit movement has been widely considered a parallel to the rise of Donald Trump’s populist nationalism in the United States and his electoral victory. Farage has praised Trump’s election to U.S. president as “part of a world revolution—it’s Brexit plus, plus, plus.”
Malia Obama, the eldest daughter of President Barack Obama, will intern with Hollywood megaproducer Harvey Weinstein, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Friday. Malia, now 18, is scheduled to begin work in the New York office of Weinstein Co. next month, after the first family finishes their post-presidential vacation in Palm Springs, California. Malia, who graduated from high school last June, is expected to attend Harvard University in the fall. Previously, the first daughter worked as an intern on Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls, in addition to spending time in Los Angeles working on the set of the CBS drama Extant, starring Halle Berry.
Upon taking office Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump struck a distinctly populist tone in his inauguration speech, railing against the “establishment,” the outsourcing of American jobs, and the “American carnage” of inner-city crime and violence. “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land,” Trump declared. “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first.” He repeated the protectionist economic themes of his presidential campaign, lamenting how “politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed,” and railing against the “ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs.” Additionally, he declared, under his leadership the United States will “eradicate completely” radical Islamic terror “from the face of the earth.” He concluded his relatively short speech with a familiar line from his campaign speeches: “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.”
As she arrived at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony, his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton posted to Twitter that she is in attendance to honor democratic values and the peaceful transfer of power. “I’m here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values,” she wrote shortly before emerging to take her seat in front of the Capitol Building. “I will never stop believing in our country & its future.”
During a Thursday afternoon celebratory luncheon in Washington, D.C., prominent Trump surrogate and adviser Rudy Giuliani deployed an off-color anecdote about sex and the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The former New York City mayor recalled how three days after the attacks, he rode in a convoy with President George W. Bush to tour the World Trade Center rubble. “In the same car with me was my fire commissioner, Tom Van Essen,” he said, in a recording of the comments obtained by The Intercept. “And Tom had lost what turned out to be 343 firefighters. And President Bush recognized him from seeing him on television the prior two days. And he leaned over to Tom, grabbed his arm, and said to him, ‘Tom, I’m so sorry. How are things going?’ Tom looked at him and said, ‘Much better now. My wife came home last night and I got lucky.’” He continued: “That’s locker room talk,” referencing Trump’s defense against the pre-election videotape revealing him bragging to Billy Bush about grabbing women by the genitals. “President Bush remembered that so well that when he saw Tom three weeks later at a fire house dinner, he came up to him and said, ‘Tom, are you still getting lucky?’ And Tom said, ‘No, it’s worn out.’” The audience, largely composed of Republican lawyers, reportedly broke out into laughter.