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i will faithfully execute -- >> the office of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability -- >> and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states. so help me god. >> congratulationsmr. president. reporter: and with that oath,
donald trump became the 45th resident of the united states on friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in washington and around the world. and outside, a very for an atmosphere as anti-trump protests erect on the streets of washington. police in riot gear responding with tear gas and stun grenades. this is "dw news" live from berlin. good to have you with us. it is the start of a new era in washington and for the entire world. for donald trump supporters, a day of celebration in the u.s. capitol for his critics, a day they hope would never come. with the 35 word oath of office
on the streets of the capital, the billionaire businessman and reality tv star assumed his newest role. as the leader of the world's most powerful nation. >> i donald john trump will solemnly swear that i will faithfully execute -- >> the office of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability >> and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the united states, so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. reporter: with tse words donald trump becomes the 45th u.s. president, the first step for the new leader to heal a deeply divided nation and during his first address as president,
he attempts to do that. mr. trump: a new national pride will stir our souls and heal our divisions. it is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget that whether we are black, or brown, or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. mr. trump: we will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather, to let it shine as an example, we will shine for everyone to follow.
reporter: on the national mall hundreds of thousands of people to cheer or simply to witness a historic moment. others still to voice their fears. but some protests turned violent. washington police have made numerous arrests and reported multiple injuries. meanwhile, the changing of the guard continued. former president barack obama leaves the capital as president trump hits the ground running. these are his first decrees them assigning formal nominations for his cabinet and other members of the new administration. a new administration, a new direction, and a new america, leaving some helpful, others fearful. brand: there are still tense standoffs and police detained nearly 100 people after protesters clashed with police on the margins of trump's
inauguration. demonstrators took to the streets of the u.s. capital to protest the incoming administration. they smashed storefronts and car windows in the city center. it came as hundreds of thousands descended on u.s. -- the u.s. capitol to voice their disapproval of the country's new president. the largest march is scheduled for tomorrow. our correspondent is in washington following events for us there. good evening to you, alexandra. more and more protests, it seems, the tension appears to be rising. what have you seen there? alexandra: there are still protests going on in central washington, d.c.. i also saw small groups of protesters gathering at pennsylvania avenue where the parade is still going on or has actually just started. we can expect more protests to
come. there are some groups who announced they are going to keep on trying to disturb the inauguration, the inauguration day. and -- whatever price it might have. branch: do we know who the protesters are? alexandra: there are different groups protesting. i talked to some of them. most of them, they were trying to protest in a peaceful way saying they just want president trump to hear their voices. they want to send a strong message to him and his team, different people protesting to measures against climate change, black lives matter, people are out there. there are protesters all dressed in black who are smashing windows, trying to play cat and
mouse with the police, such protesters are also out there. anchor: let's talk about the speech that donald trump gave today. what did he say about bridging the political divide that is so wide in the u.s. right now? alexandra: he did address the issue as we could hear in the piece. he said that he wants to be a president for all americans, that it does not matter if you are lack or white, that all the people here lead the same red blood. i talked to many supporters and they told me -- his supporters. they told me they think it was the right way to address the growing division in the country but the problem is i do not think that any of trump's critics are going to be convinced by the speech.
it stands in hard contrast to what he was tweeting, his previous remarks in the past. anchor: it is interesting to note that donald trump, he was tweeting minutes after the oath of office with his, the same account he has been using, not the president's account. what about america's allies? we know that a lot of foreign leaders particularly here in europe have been looking for signs from mr. trump about what u.s. foreign-policy will look like. did he offer any firm examples or indications about what is to come? alexandra: from my perspective, the main message was america first. he wanted this message to be heard in the whole world. that is his message and his main goal during his presidency, as i
understand. anchor: it is america first, even for the allies. the notion of a carnage in america, we heard that in his speech. i know a lot of people, i was watching people as we were watching, a lot of people were visibly shocked when they heard that word. how did you read that, alexandra? he is talking about carnage being crime, a society in tatters. is that close to any reality that you can find in the united states? alexandra: the problem is that i think many people expect donald trump will be a different person once he takes office and that is not what is obviously going -- what his presidency is going to be like. he just talked today, his speech
was as he used to talk to mott during his campaign after the election. the message was pre-much for me the same. just saying that america first and what we have to do is bring back jobs and make america strong again. anchor: our correspondent in washington at the national mall. thank you very much. with me now in the studio is stephen kuhn, a businessman and a former soldier in iraq. he is a trump supporter. good to have you on the show. what did you make of the speech? stephen: it was along the line of what i expected of president trump. expecting him to be a different person suddenly is unrealistic. that is the whole attraction with the trump supporters is that he is a genuine kind of
guy, be it good or bad. anchor: you did not think it was genuine. stephen: i thought it was genuine. anchor: what about the notion of carnage? where did that come from, what carnage is he talking about? stephen: we like to mike or organize everything and focus on one certain issue. he is probably talking about inner cities where you know there is a lot of social discord and this agreement about health and charter schools and he was focusing on those, going to help you pull out of that. anchor: for example, crime. crime is at record lows, nationwide it is low. when you hear the word carnage images think something terrible is going on. isn't that the doublespeak that donald trump is accused of all the time? stephen: it is just how he he at he believes that his carnage.
maybe from his point of view, that is carnage. he can talk about carnage in the school system, carnage in the economy, and that it are sick -- inner cities. it is tough to analyze what he said. anchor: it was a bunch of tweets. i heard some say it was one tweet after another. he tweeted parts of the speech as well. it fit that. we have got a sound bite from the speech, i want to take a listen to that and get your reaction to it. let's take a listen. president trump: has very special meaning because today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another. but we are transferring power from washington, d.c. and giving it to you, the people.
anchor: again, what does that mean exactly? stephen: it means the people in america felt disconnected from the politicians in the sea, meaning that now there will be a closer connection, there will be more involvement, maybe with the senators and the congressmen but he will be talking directly to the people. anchor: he may be but washington is more than just the president. it is also his cabinet. his cabinet, these are all big business, these are all insiders, these are not outsiders, these are not the people that you get when you drain the swamp, these are the people in the swamp. most of thestephen: most of thet in this situation. anchor: and they are all very wealthy. these are not wealthy people. the people in the swing states. those are people and it is those
angry voters he always mentions. they are not rich. how are their lives reflected in what is moving in with president trump? stephen: i think if you look at the classic disgruntled american who voted for trump occurs that is the way they like to describe the movement, you have one third of the voters who were private voters and saying i will not vote for trump but they did. they are shamed and not allowed to say i voted for president trump. i think looking at the cabinet we have some pretty [inaudible] people there. ben carson, looking at mad dog. as the secretary of defense. anchor: does it worry you that his opponent -- appointments have openly disagreed with trump's positions on things, such as russia? stephen: and -- no and that is
what is exciting. a good leader surrounds himself with people who are good in the single positions they are in charge of an president trump will remain the generalist and hopefully the people around him and we are looking at, i am optimistic my he will have specialists in each area and they will have specialists in that area on their teams. that is how good businesses work. anchor: there were three former presidents and president obama behind him when he delivered that speech. he presented a very dark picture, a picture, a failure of leadership in america with four residents behind him. -- presidents behind him. do you think that was a correct picture he offered and what about the respect of the office when you have four presidents sitting behind you and your
talking about carnage? stephen: the picture he presented is a picture that has been being presented while he was running. i do not see any difference. it is a mixed up country, we are separated more than we have been in many years. we are at heads, this has to stop, we need commonality. we need to see commonality. it is hard for me to say if it was right or wrong what he did. it was crass for me to hear that. i do not know if i could have done that personally but i am not standing there. his whole mission is always communicating very simple and plain to understand. what is actually happening is much more complex. anchor: like the real world. thank you very much. appreciate you being on the show. we will talk with you a little bit later on in the day. hundreds of demonstrators gathered here in berlin during the inauguration of donald trump to protest against the 45th
american president starting in front of the headquarters of the far right afd party. they marched to the brandenburg gate. there message was that racism and hostility toward women and anti-semitism, islamophobia, and fear mongering should not be tolerated. staying in europe, in italy, joy amid the devastation as rescue workers find a group of survivors two days after their hotel was engulfed by a powerful avalanche. for children and a woman have been pulled clear and at least five have been located with rescuers working through the night to free them. a snow slide struck after a series of earthquakes that hit central italy yesterday. reporter: rescued after two days underground. this child was airy to rot -- alive when a massive avalanche
hit the luxury mountain hotel. more than 30 people were inside when the wall of snow slammed into the building. rescue workers digging through the rubble found a small group of survivors. they survived thanks to this pocket of air that formed inside the hotel. finding them was tough because we were working in the middle of the debris and we had snow to deal with. it is like an earthquake in the snow, it is hard to describe, unbelievable, awful. the first survivors were rushed to hospital by helicopter. for their anxious relatives, sheer relief. can't you see from my face how happy i am, i cannot describe it in words. for others, the waiting and hoping goes on. many hotel guests and staff are still missing.
several bodies have already been recovered and the death toll looks likely to rise. anchor: gambia's longtime leader has agreed to step down, bringing a political standoff in the country to an end. he lost the presidential election last month after 22 years in office. when he refused to step aside, regional leaders made a diplomatic push and threatened military action. he is now set to cede power to the winner of the election. he was sworn in at the gambian ended -- embassy in senegal amid fears for his safety. when he was elected, donald trump from to work against washington's elitist business interests. is he going to succeed? >> we do not know for now but what is definitely true is that donald trump and his speech --
in his speech said washington got rich and the people did not. that is not entirely true when you consider his cabinet. he has made a cabinet with people just like him, millionaires. it is the wealthiest cabinet in american history. together, they have a net worth of more than $4 billion and if you consider that, it is the highest amount of millionaires ever seen in a u.s. cabinet. let's make a comparison and take a look at george w. bush's first cabinet. the amount was far less. the net worth was despite the fact that he was criticized for having multimillionaires was nothing compared to trumps. wishes team was only worth $250 million. the big contrast is a coincidence. donald trump appointed leaders who made fortunes. the earned billions in the financial sector as well as the oil and fast food industries. his cabinet members are well-connected around the world. let's take a closer look at those who have made into to the top table of american politics.
incoming u.s. president donald trump made his money with his real estate and construction companies. he has used his bankruptcies to earn millions. trumps popularity is you in no small part to a tv series in which candidates applied for a position in his extensive is that's business empire. the winner was one -- the one whose business plan made him the most money. his cabinet comprises an elite who have been told you are hired. the future secretary of commerce, wilbur ross, made his name with steel industry deals, buying up struggling companies, restructuring them, and selling them at a profit. the commerce secretary in waiting can claim to have saved thousands of american jobs. along the way, ross managed to pilot the fortune of $2.5 billion making him the wealthiest person in terms cabinet. incoming education secretary betsy devos comes from a billionaire family.
she has donated millions to the republicans and now she has been rewarded with a cabinet post. she is said to be worth over $1 billion and with $325 million in the bank, secretary of state rex tillerson will be the cabinets financial number three. his appointment angered a lot of environmentalists, some even tried to disrupt his confirmation hearing. tillerson headed up u.s. oil multinational exxon mobil until the new year. he has had little experience in diplomacy but is known to be on good terms with russia's president, vladimir putin, and russian oil companies. anchor: if there is one word that describes today's political feeling in europe, it is uncertainty. the word heard often at the world economic forum in. posts -- davos. we got perspective on the times
ahead of us. a reporter: ian bremer joins me now. thank you for joining us. it seems to be a bit of a slogan, people are saying these are uncertain times. our people right to be scared? they arguest: this is by far the most volatile geopolitical period. we know a boom cycle and a bust cycle. we have had a boom cycle geopolitically since the end of world war ii. the pax americana. it is over. today. closing that chapter when there is no one to replace the united states, china will have some economic leadership that that is it. and nowhere close to what the u.s. is providing. no one leads in values, no one
leads on global security. that is unnerving. this set of people who thought globalization and americanization were the same thing. reporter: donald trump turning his back on china turning toward russia, how could that play out? guest: it will work for the americans, i am not sure it will work for the germans free will. obama failed in his russia policy. he's said assad must go. it is easy for trump to say, we need to recognize reality in syria, we work with the russians on terrorism and nuclear issues, m of the sanctions. the chinese were not paying attention anyway. you can do that. while it is controversial in the u.s. because of the hacking around the elections and what the intelligence agencies have found, there is a lot of points on the board that can be put by trump and putin together. on china, trump has this believe that america is the -- america's
dealmaking position is stronger than it has been. he thinks it is weak obama and capricious corporations that are not really american, they pretend they are, they are really global and trump crack's some heads, he will get a better deal. while the u.s. remains the only superpower, china has the ability to say no to the united states and that is indeed going to happen. we are set up for some conflict directly between the u.s. and china. the world's two largest economists -- economies and that unnerves everyone. reporter: he is offering deregulation and tax cuts, what is not to like? guest: there is a lot of things to like on the domestic side. he has billionaire's and bankers and there are some overlap. davos likes all of that. not many admit voting for him but a lot of really -- a lot did. i do think the u.s. economy and economic growth is going to increase and the imf increase
their forecast. i am on board with that. that is now. what about the global economy, what about america's relations with other companies, what about global trade? if they break down we will see s of inefficiencies and those global corporations will have a problem continuing to be global. that is the challenge. reporter: questions and answers at the moment. thank you very much for your time. anchor: that was helena humphrey with ian bremmer. that is all from the business desk. back to you. anchor: here is a reminder of that top story. it is a big day in washington, d.c. with still lots more to come. we want to leave you now on this inauguration day with impressions of events so far. we will continue our special coverage of donald trump's in by taking you through the day and asking, what is the world
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