Donald J. Trump sworn in as nation's 45th president

Donald J. Trump sworn in as nation's 45th president

WASHINGTON D.C. (KLTV) - Donald J. Trump has been sworn in as the nation's 45th president.

Trump met with President Barack Obama at the White House, prior to his inauguration.  Friday morning, Barack and Michelle Obama greeted Donald and Melania Trump on the steps of the White House.

As crowds made their way to the nation's capitol for the event, dozens of East Texans also discussed their plans to attend.

"The energy is very positive for those of us that have been waiting for this change for a long time; for, you know, eight years plus," Brent Thompson, Smith County Republican Party Chairman said.

Artist Jackie Evancho sang the national anthem prior to Trump's address. Evancho is set to attend an event in Tyler on Saturday.

Trump then took the oath of office and delivered a speech aimed at unifying the country, saying "When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice."

As crowds were celebrating Trump taking the oath of office, protests were also underway in the nation's capitol. Windows were broken and police responded to a crowd of rowdy protesters.

Earlier in the morning, Trump and by his wife attended a church service at St. John's Episcopal. Events planned later in the afternoon and evening include a luncheon, parade and several inaugural balls.

Sources told the Associated Press the president-elect plans to visit several government agencies this weekend after he's taken office, including the CIA. Trump has criticized the intelligence community over allegations about Russian hacking and leaks about his briefings, AP reports.

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