Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington DC amid tight security. Thousands of demonstrators are expected to protest the surprise appointment
The Inauguration Day ceremonies will supply the solemnity, with events that include the swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol, a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and multiple evening balls.
Concern that Trump's business background might not have prepared him for the overwhelming threats and challenges facing him adds a sobering note to the occasion.
With hordes of people arriving for the inauguration and for rallies and protests, the authorities' main concern will be disruption and chaos stretching right through the adjoining weekend. Chris T. Geldart, director of the local Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency told DC radio station WTOP that officials began planning for the inauguration in April, and that more than 3,000 law enforcement officers from around the nation will assist the DC police. He also expects the National Guard to be on hand in the thousands to support the other enforcement agencies.
The National Park Service, which manages The National Mall and other sites favored for demonstrations, will be hard at work allotting spaces that keep apart Trump supporters and the demonstrators arriving to protest against his policies.
Groups protesting Trump policies began organizing within hours of Democrat Hillary Clinton's unexpected loss to her Republican rival. Their biggest event is the Women's March on Washington on Jan 21, which has also been referred to as the Million Woman March.
Date written/update: 2016-11-17