When Will Trump Take Office? Inauguration Day Will See The Donald Become President As Obama Leaves
A Donald Trump White House is slated to become reality in just two weeks. After more than a year of ugly campaign rhetoric, disputed election results and a seemingly endless barrage of Twitter rants from the president-elect, Trump will be sworn in as president at exactly noon on Jan. 20.The official transfer of power from President Barack Obama to Trump will happen when Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence take their oaths of office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee hasn't announced the full schedule for the three-day inauguration celebration, and many events are expected to come together over the new few weeks. “Hopefully, all supporters, and those who want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will go to D.C. on January 20th. It will be a GREAT SHOW!” the president-elect tweeted Friday.But before he moves into the White House, Trump needs to get his administration in order. The Senate will hold confirmation hearings this week for his top nominees, including for secretary of state and attorney general and Democrats have vowed to make the transition of power difficult by protesting his choices. U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions from Alabama kicks off the process Tuesday with his hearing to become attorney general. Retired Gen. John Kelly, Trump's pick for secretary of homeland security, will also get a Senate hearing Tuesday. Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said he didn't foresee any major disruptions in the confirmation process. "We have an unbelievable all-star group of nominees," he told Reuters. "I think each one of them is going to be confirmed with not only Republican votes but with Democratic votes as well."Meanwhile, Obama is preparing to close the door on his two terms as president. He will give his final formal prime-time address Tuesday and is expected to hold a goodbye party at Joint Base Andrews, the home to Air Force One on Jan. 20 at the same time as Trump is taking the oath of office. “All appointees are invited to JBA to say farewell to President and Mrs. Obama at a sendoff ceremony,” said an email sent to prospective attendees. Obama is expected to serve in some sort of advocay role for criminal justice reform once he leaves office, while he also helps support the building of a library to house his presidential papers. He and Michelle Obama will continue to live in Washington, D.C., at least until their younger daughter, Sasha, graduates from high school in 2019.“I am going to sleep for two weeks, and then I am going to take Michelle on a very nice vacation,” he has said about his plans for after he leaves the White House.
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