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What Happened?

Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated on Friday as the 45th President of United States. Here are some of the details surrounding the historic event:

 

Security

According to CNN News, the entire United States domestic security team will be in attendance at the Trump inauguration.

According to Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson, 28,000 personnel from the U.S. Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, FBI, U.S. Park Police, U.S. Capitol Police, Coast Guard and local police from Washington, as well as the rest of the U.S. would cover more than 100 square blocks to close traffic in order to create a “protective bubble” around the ceremony and protests.

 

Crowd

According to Homeland Security, the event is expected to draw roughly one million people. Last week Johnson also confirmed the attendance of at least 99 pro- and anti-Trump groups that filed permits for the event and surrounding areas. Both protesters and supporters are expected to hold events Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Women’s March on Washington, which has confirmed collaboration with a slew of anti-Trump groups, is expecting more than 200,000 people on Saturday, and they expect the warm weather forecast to lead to more people coming out to the event.

 

Price 

The entire inauguration is expected to cost a total of more than $100 million, according to Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. She also confirmed that the city is slated to cover $30 million of the total cost, but they would be reimbursed $19 million by Congress.

 

Bible 

Trump said he would be sworn in using two bibles, his personal one the one Abraham Lincoln used in 1861. Barack Obama is the only other president to use the Lincoln bible to be sworn in.

According to a statement by Thomas Barrack Jr., the chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee, Trump is excited to use the Lincoln bible, which is stored at the Library of Congress. His personal bible was given to him in 1955 as a ninth birthday present from his deceased mother.

 

Performers 

It has been rumored that the Trump party had a difficult time securing A-list celebrities and performers for the public portion of the inauguration. According to The New York Times, in the weeks leading up to the event several performers who confirmed involvement saw so much criticism from fans and others that many of them backed out.

Some of the biggest names scheduled to perform are “America’s Got Talent” 2010 runner-up and classical singer Jackie Evancho, country music singer Toby Keith and the dance company The Rockettes. According to Trump and his camp, they want the “people” at the event, not celebrities.  

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