Live coverage of Trump's inauguration

The Hill will provide live coverage of Inauguration Day throughout Friday. 

Trump says he'll 'keep the Twitter going'
10:22 p.m.
"Should I keep the Twitter going or not? Keep it going? I think so," Trump said to cheers at the Freedom Ball, one of three inaugural balls he was attending Friday night.
"The enemies keep saying, 'Oh that's terrible,'" Trump continued, arguing his use of Twitter is "a way of bypassing dishonest media."
Trump celebrates victory at Liberty Ball 
9:40 p.m.
"We did something that was so special," he said in thanking his supporters, before adding of his administration: "We're not playing games. Now the work begins."
Trump remarked about the inaugural scene at the Capitol earlier in the day, complete with a helicopter. He likened it to "a movie set, so beautiful."
The president noted that rain earlier in the day during his inauguration was mild.
"It's like God was looking down on us."
Trump signs executive order on ObamaCare 
7:54 p.m.
President Trump signed an executive order Friday evening directing federal agencies to “ease the burden of ObamaCare,” according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Trump signed the order in front of cameras in the Oval Office, one of his first official acts as president. No further details about the action were immediately available. 


Spicer also said that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus would be sending a government-wide memo ordering a “regulatory freeze until further notified."

The president also signed confirmation papers for his nominees to run the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, retired Gens. James Mattis and John Kelly, respectively.

Trump wins first confirmations

6:21 p.m.

As the inaugural parade goes on, the Senate moved Friday evening to confirm President Trump's first two Cabinet members.

Retired Gen. James Mattis was confirmed to be Defense secretary in a 98-1 vote, with Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandLawmakers already planning more coronavirus stimulus after T package Progressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Juan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal MORE (D-N.Y.) the lone senator to vote against him.

The Senate also confirmed retired Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in a vote of 88-11.


Both nominees sailed through their confirmation hearings earlier this month and were expected to be easily confirmed. 

Trump leaves motorcade to take in parade crowd

4:14 p.m.

President Trump has left the limo behind and is now walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, enjoying a tradition of the inaugural parade.

Trump takes part in parade

3:58 p.m.

President Trump is taking part in the inaugural parade.

Trump left the Capitol complex in the presidential limousine and the motorcade began to slowly make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

A military band dressed in Revolutionary era-garb played music as the motorcade rolled out. A flyover of jets from several military branches is expected during the drive.



Trump recognizes Clinton at luncheon

3:05 p.m.

President Trump just recognized Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' Poll: Biden holds slight edge on Trump in Wisconsin MORE at the inauguration luncheon. 

More than 95 arrested in protests

2:27 p.m.

As President Trump and the Congress break bread, opponents of Trump are loudly protesting his inauguration on the streets of Washington, D.C.

CNN is reporting 95 arrests, and there have been multiple reports of property damage.

Police, as you might expect, are out in force. 

Trump takes first actions as president


1:28 p.m.

President Trump signed a series of formal papers making his Cabinet nominations official in one of his first acts in office.


Trump seemed to have fun signing the nominations, joking with Democrats as he handed out pens.

"This was for Rex — I'm assuming he was approved today," he joked at one point, referring to his nomination for secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.

The Senate will vote on his confirmation on Monday.

Obama: We've been milking this goodbye

1:10 p.m.

This has been a long presidential goodbye for Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPoll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Can you kill a virus with a gun? Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much MORE.

The last installment is happening now, as Obama addresses supporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland as President Trump signs his first executive orders.

In a sign of the change, CNN broke away from Obama in midspeech to carry footage of Trump, who now occupies he most powerful office in the world.

Speculation focuses on Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaLizzo donates lunch to hospital workers battling coronavirus Biden could be picking the next president: VP choice more important than ever Lobbying world MORE

12:45 p.m.

Michelle Obama was Hillary Clinton's strongest surrogate during the presidential campaign, and most think the loss was crushing to her.

For the most part, she's put on a brave face for Inauguration Day, but there have been moments, captured in screen shots, that appear to back up ideas that she's unhappy.

Reporters on Twitter have also offered some observations.

Obama says goodbye

12:41 p.m.

With a final wave, President Obama boards the military helicopter that will take him to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

Obama and the first lady will then travel to California.

The Trumps joined the Obamas on the way to the helicopter, and gave a final goodbye.

No mention of Clinton

12:38 p.m.

Donald Trump did not mention Hillary Clinton in his inaugural address.

That's notable, and will be noted by critics who were hoping for more gracious notes from the new president.

It's a pretty short address

12:23 p.m.

Donald Trump spoke for 16 minutes and 25 seconds, shorter than recent inaugural addresses.

Trump vows to turn power back to people

12:13 p.m.

In his inaugural address, Donald Trump promises that power is now being turned back to the people and away from Washington.

“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to the American people,” he said. “Washington flourished, but the people did not prosper in its wealth.”
The message harks back to Trump's campaign, which he ran as an outsider against Washington.
That all of Washington's power structure — the Obamas, the Clintons, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? The Pelosi administration It's not populism that's killing America's democracy MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes McConnell: Pelosi trying to 'jam' Senate on fourth coronavirus relief bill On The Money: House Dems push huge jobs project in wake of coronavirus | Trump leans on businesses in virus response | Lawmakers press IRS to get relief checks to seniors MORE (R-Ky.) — are on hand makes the comments that much more noteworthy.
White House website changes

12:07 p.m.

There's already a new White House website in place.

Trump takes oath of office

11:59 a.m.

And there you have it. 

Donald Trump has taken the oath of office.

It was administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

It's something few would have predicted when Trump began his presidential campaign, and a huge personal triumph for the new president and his team. 

Pence takes the oath

11:54 a.m.

The vice president-elect takes the oath of office, delivered by Justice Clarence Thomas.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), an old colleague of Pence's from their days together in the House, looks on.

Schumer talks of divided nation

11:48 a.m.

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell launches ad touting role in passing coronavirus relief Joe Biden can't lead the charge from his home in Delaware Texas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill MORE (N.Y.), the Democratic leader in the Senate, is addressing the crowd. 

He is talking of a peaceful transition of power, but he's also offering hints of the Democratic critique of Trump with calls for a free press and with talk of a divided nation and faith eroding in government.

While Schumer speaks, there are some calls from the crowd to "build the wall."

Trump enters, but no interaction with Clinton

11:32 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump just walked out to cheers from the crowd. 

Trump kissed Melania Trump, shook hands with first lady Michelle Obama, President Obama and Vice President Biden, and waved to the crowd.

There was no interaction between Trump and Clinton, though Vice President-elect Mike Pence shook her hand after his own introduction.

More jeers than cheers for Hillary 

 11:16 a.m.

You wouldn't expect the crowd gathered for Donald Trump's presidential inauguration to be big fans of Hillary Clinton, and there were more jeers than cheers from the audience as she and former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonClintons send pizza to NY hospital staff treating coronavirus Budowsky: President Trump, meet with all former living presidents Why Klobuchar should be Biden's vice presidential pick MORE walked out.

The crowd also booed every time Clinton was shown on giant TV screens, with some chanting, "Lock her up!"

The crowd cheered heartily for former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush.

A tough scrum

11:12 a.m.

Being a reporter — it's not always glamorous.

The press is fighting for space inside the Capitol to get a question to President-elect Donald Trump or President Obama. The video below shows how crowded it is.

Trump did not respond to a question about whether he would reverse Obama's actions on immigration as the two men walked by.

Tough day for Clinton

10:57 a.m.

Can't be an easy day for Hillary Clinton, and her expression in these photos shows it. 

Trump, Obama head to Capitol

10:52 a.m.

Crazy split-screen images on cable television a moment ago of President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump getting into a limo that will take them to the Capitol, and Hillary and Bill Clinton walking toward their seats to observe.

Senators want unifying message from Trump

10:26 a.m.

Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcSally campaign to suspend TV ads, canvassing amid pandemic Coronavirus isn't the only reason Congress should spend less time in DC Trump Jr. says he inherited 'Tourette's of the thumbs' from his father MORE (R-Ariz.) and Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner MORE (D-Conn.) are hoping for a unifying message in Trump's inaugural address.

Flake, who ripped Trump during the campaign, said he's looking for something similar in tone to Trump's remarks after he won the election.  

"The first speech he gave the night after the victory, that's he's president for all Americans," Flake said as he headed to the Senate floor.

Murphy said he was "rooting like hell for the pivot" back to the middle. 

Hillary and Bill Clinton arrive at the Capitol

10:20 a.m.

Hillary Clinton, who lost the presidential election to Donald Trump while winning the popular vote, just arrived at the Capitol.

She and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will be watching as Trump takes the oath of office in about two hours.

Obamas greet the Trumps

10:05 a.m.

President Obama offered kinds words for President-elect Donald Trump upon greeting him at the White House. 

“Mr. President-elect, how are you? Good to see you. Congratulations,” Obama said as he shook Trump’s hand underneath the North Portico. 

Everyone was all smiles, but Trump’s response could not be heard. First lady Michelle Obama hugged Trump, and they kissed on both cheeks. 

Melania Trump arrived next, shook Obama’s hand and presented the first lady with a gift in what appeared to be a box from Tiffany & Co. 

"You brought us a gift," a surprised Michelle Obama said.

A warm welcome

9:46 a.m.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama just greeted President-elect Donald Trump and Melania Trump at the White House.

Everyone was all smiles, though the first lady went in for the hug as Melania went in for the handshake. 

Pastor: I told Trump he'd win

9:24 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino Jr., is giving a live look into the church service that the Trump's are attending.

Here's a look inside: 

Scavino tweeted that Pastor Robert Jefress told the congregation that he had predicted that Trump would be elected president before the first primary. 

Trump leaves Blair House for church service

8:34 a.m.

Donald Trump spent the night in Blair House, the president's guest house traditionally used by the president-elect the day before inauguration.

It's still a notable decision for Trump, given his luxury hotel just blocks from the White House that would normally be a home away from home for the billionaire builder.

Donald and Melania Trump will attend a church service at St. John's Episcopal, which lies just a few blocks from the Blair House, so it will be a short drive for the president-elect.

Here's a picture of them leaving the motorcade and heading to church. 

Here's the pool report: