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Highlights From Inauguration Day

As Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States, Bisnow followed along all day with live updates.


5:22 p.m. ET: Trump entered the White House for the first time as President.

5:21 p.m. ET: Pence entered the White House for the first time as Vice President. 

5:11 p.m. ET: Gen. Mattis was confirmed, the first of Trump's Cabinet nominees.

4:43 p.m. ET: Trump ordered HUD to suspend reduction of FHA annual mortgage insurance premium rates. Affordable housing is considered one of the country's biggest challenges and one of the primary purposes of HUD.

4:37 p.m. ET: The Trumps exited the limo, nicknamed The Beast, again. 

4:26 p.m. ET: Firefighters show up on scene to put out a fire inside a limo that protestors ignited. 

Fire truck has just shown up on scene #Inauguration

— Tauhid Chappell (@TauhidChappell) January 20, 2017

4:18 p.m. ET: Trump passed his Old Post Office hotel. Having taken the oath of office, he is now in violation of his lease for the Old Post Office hotel with the GSA. The contract states, “No ... elected official of the Government of the United States ... shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom ... "

4:13 p.m. ET: The Trumps got out of the limo to wave at supporters near the FBI building and the Department of Justice.

3:56 p.m. ET: Trump passed the Canadian embassy.

3:54 p.m. ET: The parade passed the congressional office buildings, where Obama worked worked prior to winning the presidency

3:50 p.m. ET: The parade progressed, passing construction sites that have been forced to suspend work until Sunday to accommodate all the visitors to the Capitol. 

3:34 p.m. ET: President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto congratulated Trump via Twitter and vowed to keep an open dialogue, one that benefits the U.S. and Mexico.

3:40 p.m. ET: Trump rode to the Capitol by car, but questions remain if he will get out to talk and greet supporters. 

3:30 p.m. ET: Trump reviewed the armed forces outside the Capitol. 

3:04 p.m. ET: Trump asked Bill and Hillary Clinton to stand so the crowd could applaud them. 

The view from the stand outside the Wilson Building. Great view of the parade route.

— Martin Austermuhle (@maustermuhle) January 20, 2017


2:55 p.m. ET: As the president prepared for the inauguration parade, Trump International Hotel staff congratulated him.

2:39 p.m. ET: DC interim police chief Peter Newsham told CNN he thinks there are a couple of hundred protesters, and that the parade will go on as planned. 

2:35 p.m. ET: Police formed a riot line at 12th and K streets to keep protesters back from the parade route. About 100 protesters chanting "No Donald Trump" are clad in black and hoods and were pushed back from 11th Street where they previously broke into a Starbucks and Bank of America. Some have thrown rocks and objects at police, and are setting small fires. Police are periodically responding with concussion grenades and pepper spray, and there are reports of tear gas and water cannons.

2:25 p.m. ET: Richard LeFrak, co-lead of the Trump administration's infrastructure council, spoke on the phone with ABC from the White House reception room. When asked how his and Trump's CRE skills will translate to the White House, LeFrak responded, “that remains to be seen,” but he believes Trump's negotiating skills will be useful as president. LeFrak, a friend of Trump's for 50 years, said Trump will use his CRE skills to "try to make a better deal for the forgotten man."

2:13 p.m. ET: Riot police are equipped with flash bangs to disorient protesters who have been throwing glass bottles and rocks. It is unclear if police used pepper spray on protesters in the thick of the protests along K Street, a thoroughfare that's long been synonymous with Washington's prodigious lobbying industry. About 90 protesters have been arrested. 

1:47 p.m. ET: Trump shook Hillary Clinton's hand as he entered National Statuary Hall.

1:43 p.m. ET: More videos of protesters damaging windows of businesses during Trump's swearing in surfaced.  

1:24 p.m. ET: President Trump finished signing the formal nominations for his Cabinet and a proclamation for a national day of patriotism and departed for the inaugural lunch.

1:13 p.m. ET: President Trump signed his first order, a waiver clearing the path for Gen. James Mattis to become Secretary of Defense without waiting the required seven years after leaving military service. The bill passed Congress smoothly, and the Senate will vote this afternoon on Mattis's confirmation. Only one other Cabinet nominee will be voted on today, Gen. John Kelly as leader of the Department of Homeland Security.

1:12 p.m. ET: "Michelle and I, we’ve just been your front men and women. We have been the face and sometimes the voice … but this has never been about us. It has always been about you," Obama said. 

1:11 p.m. ET: "When we started on this journey, we did so with an abiding faith in the American people and their ability — our ability — to join together and change the country in ways that would make the world better for our kids and our grandkids," Obama said.

1:09 p.m. ET: Obama addressed the crowd at Joint Base Andrews.

1 p.m. ET: Trump reiterated the key takeaways from his speech on Twitter.

Today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring...

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2017

12:54 p.m. ET: Biden boarded an Amtrak train to Delaware. 

12:42 p.m. ET: Obama departed on Executive One as a private citizen headed for Joint Base Andrews. 

12:35 p.m. ET: Trump took over the Twitter handle @POTUS as Obama changed his Twitter handle to @POTUS44.

12:28 p.m. ET: The New York Times estimates that the inauguration could cost $200M. 

12:21 p.m. ET: As benedictions took place, license plates on the presidential limo changed.

12:18 p.m. ET: Trump ended his inaugural speech with, “now arrives the hour of action.”

12:11 p.m. ET: Trump reiterated his commitment to building strong infrastructure. CRE money managers are largely confident in his promises. Many predict improvements in real estate when roadways and infrastructure are strengthened. Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth will lead the infrastructure council

12:07 p.m. ET: “This will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again,” Trump said as the crowd erupted in applause and yells.

12:06 p.m. ET: ”What truly matters is not which party controls this government but whether our government is controlled by the people,” Trump said.

12:04 p.m. ET: “Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or one party to another, we are transferring power from Washington, DC, and giving it back to you, the people,” Trump said.

12:03 p.m. ET: A secret service spokesperson says all demonstrations were “under police control,” according to NPR.

11:59 a.m. ET: Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to Trump.

11:52 a.m ET: Justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath of office to Pence. Pence used the Reagan family Bible to take oath.

11:50 a.m. ET: Sen. Charles Schumer spoke of the nation’s divide and confidence in the American people. He commended the peaceful transfer of power and its importance to democratic principles. 

11:47 a.m. ET: Sen. Roy Blunt introduced Sen. Charles Schumer. 

11:42 a.m. ET: As Donald Trump takes office, Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduced a bill that would encourage federal agencies to move out of Washington, DC.

The crowd size comparison, from 2009 and today.

— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 20, 2017

11:33 a.m. ET: President-elect Donald Trump arrived at his inauguration, taking his last steps before coming the President of the United States.

11:29 a.m. ET: Bisnow correspondent Lois Weiss reported boos for Hillary Clinton, Obama and Biden.

11:28 a.m. ET: Mike Pence arrived at the inauguration.

11:26 a.m. ET: Obama and Biden arrived at the inauguration. 

11:24 a.m ET: Melania Trump arrived at the inauguration.

11:20 a.m. ET: Protesters damaged businesses along I Street.

11:07 a.m. ET: Trump's children, Donald Jr., Eric, Tiffany and Ivanka walked in behind their father. Donald Jr. and Eric will take over the Trump Organization. The president-elect's attorney said he would file paperwork to cede control of — but not divest from — his businesses, but it is unclear if that paperwork has been filed yet.

11:03 a.m. ET: Trump and Obama walked into Capitol, with Paul Ryan right behind. A reporter asked Trump if he will make any immigration policies in his first few days. Trump did not answer.

10:55 a.m. ET: The motorcade carrying Trump made its way down Pennsylvania Avenue. Check out some of the most noteworthy buildings they're passing.

10:48 a.m. ET: The Trumps and Obamas left the White House to go to the Capitol.

10:39 a.m. ET: Protesters broke shop and car windows, according to Reuters. 

10:37 a.m. ET: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump arrived at the Capitol. Kushner will be an adviser to Trump after he stepped down as CEO of Kushner, a major New York developer and investor.

10:32 a.m. ET: Approximately one-third of Democratic congressional members did not attend the inauguration in protest. Democratic senators questioned Trump’s selections for HUD secretary, Treasury secretary and others.

10:21 a.m. ET: Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived. 

10:12 a.m. ET: Sheldon Adelson, the No. 1 person on the Bisnow Rich List, arrived, according to NBC. The casino magnate considered setting up a super PAC for Trump in May.

10:04 a.m. ET: A protest in the form of a human blockade at security check has reportedly caused an ABC photographer to need medical attention.   

9:44 a.m. ET: Melania Trump presented Michelle Obama with a blue box with white satin ribbon, the iconic Tiffany & Co's wrapping. Fifth Avenue retailers, and Tiffany's in particular, have seen sales decline due to increased security while Trump took meetings to select his Cabinet members from Trump Tower.

9:43 a.m. ET: The Obamas receive the Trumps at the White House. Obama greeted Trump with “How are you?” and “Congratulations.”

9:32 a.m. ET: President Barack Obama left the Oval Office for the last time. 

9:31 a.m. ET: The Trumps left church service to have tea with the Obamas.

9:18 a.m. ET: The Trumps attended a private prayer service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, just a short walk from the White House.

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