Will Trump bring the needed change?

East African Business Week - - TRUMP INUAGURATION -

The Repub­li­can­con­trolled Se­nate is ex­pected to vote on Fri­day to con­firm Gen­eral James Mat­tis, the de­fence sec­re­tary nom­i­nee, and re­tired Gen­eral John Kelly, the pick for Home­land Se­cu­rity

Don­ald Trump has pledged to unify Amer­ica as he ad­dressed cheer­ing sup­port­ers at a con­cert on the eve of his pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tion. Speak­ing on the steps of the Lin­coln Memo­rial in Wash­ing­ton DC, the pres­i­dent-elect also promised to bring change. Among at­ten­dees at the two-hour event were his fam­ily, ac­tor Jon Voight and Soul Man singer Sam Moore. Mr Trump ear­lier laid a wreath at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery, Vir­ginia. Thurs­day evening’s Make Amer­ica Great Again! Wel­come Cel­e­bra­tion was open to the pub­lic and fea­tured per­for­mances by coun­try stars Toby Keith and Lee Green­wood. “We’re go­ing to unify our coun­try,” Mr Trump said in brief re­marks at the end of the con­cert. “We’re go­ing to make Amer­ica great for all of our peo­ple. Ev­ery­body, ev­ery­body, through­out all of our coun­try. That in­cludes the in­ner cities.” His sup­port­ers have been stream­ing into Wash­ing­ton DC, and he re­minded them that many had doubted the cam­paign’s chances of suc­cess. “They for­got about a lot of us,” he said. “On the cam­paign, I called it the for­got­ten man and the for­got­ten woman. Well, you’re not for­got­ten any­more.” Pledg­ing to bring back jobs, build up the military and strengthen the bor­der, he added: “We’re go­ing to do things that haven’t been done for our coun­try for many, many decades. “It’s go­ing to change, I prom­ise you. It’s go­ing to change.” The pres­i­dent-elect’s first stop on Thurs­day was at his Trump In­terna- tional ho­tel, lo­cated just blocks from the White House. He ap­peared with his wife Me­la­nia at a lun­cheon for mem­bers of his in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion. The soon-to-be first lady briefly spoke, telling the crowd: “To­mor­row we’re start­ing the work.” Mr Trump told the crowd in the pres­i­den­tial ball­room: “We have a lot of smart peo­ple. I tell you what, one thing we’ve learned, we have by far the high­est IQ of any cabi­net ever as­sem­bled.” He hinted that Woody John­son, owner of the New York Jets NFL team, would be US am­bas­sador to Bri­tain. Af­ter the wel­come con­cert, Mr Trump was set to spend the night at Blair House, the pres­i­den­tial guest res­i­dence lo­cated just steps from the White House. He­was sworn in at noon (17:00 GMT) on Fri­day. De­spite Mr Trump’s ap­peal for unity, bil­lion­aire in­vestor Ge­orge Soros launched a sting­ing at­tack on him. Speak­ing at the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum in Davos, Mr Soros la­belled the pres­i­dent-elect “an im­poster, a conman and a would-be dic­ta­tor”. Mr Trump has nom­i­nated all 21 mem­bers of his cabi­net as well as six other roles that re­quire Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion, ac­cord­ing to his team. The Repub­li­can-con­trolled Se­nate is ex­pected to vote on Fri­day to con­firm Gen­eral James Mat­tis, the de­fence sec­re­tary nom­i­nee, and re­tired Gen­eral John Kelly, the pick for Home­land Se­cu­rity. Mr Trump has asked about 50 se­nior Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials to stay on un­til they are re­placed, spokesman Sean Spicer told a news con­fer­ence. They in­clude Brett Mcgurk, the spe­cial en­voy to the Us-led coali­tion fight­ing the so-called Is­lamic State, as well as Deputy De­fence Sec­re­tary Robert Work. Down the road at the White House, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama spent his last day in of­fice with the daily brief­ing and lunch with Vice-pres­i­dent Joe Biden. Mr Obama also spoke to Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel in his fi­nal con­ver­sa­tion with a for­eign leader as pres­i­dent, ac­cord­ing to the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs Merkel’s hus­band, Joachim Sauer, also joined the call.

The pres­i­dent-elect’s first stop on Thurs­day was at his Trump In­ter­na­tional ho­tel, lo­cated just blocks from the White House.

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