Trump heads to Washington

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- AFP, WASHINGTON

Jan 20, 2017-

With one day to go before he takes the oath of office as the 45th US president, Donald Trump arrived in Washington Thursday determined to transform US politics over the next four years. 

The Republican billionaire launched the day with a short burst of his trademark tweets: “The journey begins and I will be working and fighting very hard to make it a great journey for the American people. I have no doubt that we will, together, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” 

 

Voices of americans as they get new president

‘Super excited’

    Deni Dillon, 60, a small business owner from the Detroit suburbs, spoke to AFP from the road while driving to Washington to attend the inauguration: “I’m super excited, because I really do believe this is to be the start for good things for America.”

At rock bottom 

    Holly Morganelli, a 36-year-old from Miami, Florida, describes herself as “disheartened, disappointed, anxiety-ridden and despondent” over the Trump election: “I truly feel that this country is moving backward, away from positive progress in terms of racial, ethnic, and gender equality.”

Build that wall 

    Jim Chilton, 77, a rancher and self-described “irredeemable deplorable” who lives along the Arizona-Mexico border: “I’m so excited about Trump’s wall that my socks are rolling up and down.”

Apprehensive 

    Noelle Cullimore, 54, a mother of two school-age children from Bay Shore, New York, voted for Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton: “He sounds even less intelligent to me than before -- if that is possible. That whole thing with the election and Russia was so bizarre.”

Kind of scared 

    Hiba Nasser, 20, is a US-born Muslim American psychology and criminal justice student at Wayne State University in Detroit: “I’m kind of scared, a little. Not as scared as I was when he first got elected, because right after that there were so many hate crimes. I feel like it has settled down a bit.”

Just set us free 

    Dan Peterson, 55, is a plumber in Hopkins, Minnesota: “I’m not looking for Trump to do anything. I just want him to open up the floodgates of opportunity. I don’t want some bureaucrat to tell me who to hire, how much I have to pay them.”

A farce and a tragedy 

    Brett Spiegel, 43, lives in Miami: “I am genuinely afraid. Being wildly unqualified and ethically dubious would be bad enough, but even worse is that he is openly hostile to science 

and facts.” (AFP)

Published: 20-01-2017 08:21

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