Trump's oath taking ceremony: All eyes to converge at Washington
Trump is likely to participate in the parade from the Capitol Hill to the White House which will last for more than 90 minutes
The whole world is eyeing on Washington DC ahead of the 58th presidential inauguration on Friday when Republican Donald Trump will take charge as the 45th President of the country. More than a million people are expected to converge on the capital city and approximately half of them to protest against swearing in of the president-elect.
Authorities have closed all streets covering seven sq. km area around the White House and the Capitol Hill. Trump is likely to participate in the parade which will last for more than 90 minutes.
Reports suggest that army horses participating in the parade were getting special treatment to put up with the noise and disturbances. Due to closures of roads and transport, the public has to use metros.
The transition team of Trump said that he will take the oath by placing hands on two bibles- one which Abraham Lincoln used for his first oath in 1961, and a second one he received as a gift from his mother. Most of the presidents have taken oath on a Bible, though it was not a constitutional requirement. The Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court will administer the oath of office to Trump.
Obama when took office in 2009, used the Lincoln Bible, which is now kept in the Library of Congress.
As per traditions,Trump will attend a worship service in the morning. He is reported to go to the St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House. The president-elect will meet the outgoing president after the service. The President will accompany the President-elect to the Capitol.
Six religious figures, including a Catholic cardinal and black and Hispanic Protestant leaders, will read the Bible and pray. A Jewish rabbi will also offer prayers, a tradition came to being since Ronald Regan's second inauguration in 1985.
After the oath taking ceremony at noon, Trump will make his inaugural address which will be his first as President. Inaugural address, which usually be brief, will revolve around his famous campaign slogan "Make America Great Again".