President Donald Trump enters the Oval Office for the first time and immediately signs executive order to ‘ease the burden of Obamacare’
|45th United States President Donald Trump|
‘Oh, boy, oh boy,’ Trump told House Speaker Paul Ryan as he held it in his hands after his U.S. Capitol swearing-in.
Trump has already begun to put his mark on the office that will be his workstation for at least the next four years.
Minutes before taking his seat in the Oval Office, the president and First Lady Melania Trump made their way inside after watching the Inaugural Parade from the Reviewing Stand on the North Lawn.
They will attend three inaugural balls on Friday night, capping off a marathon day of events for the couple and their family.
The president and First Lady Melania Trump entered the White House in their new roles on Friday at around 6.30pm for a quick change before attending their first Inaugural gala.
According to Dailymail reports, President Trump’s Obamacare order directs every government agency that implements or enforces the ‘Obamacare’ law to grant waivers, deferments, exemptions and delays in order to minimize or eliminate any costs associated with implementing Obama’s signature medical insurance scheme.
It also orders agencies to bend over backwards in order to ‘provide greater flexibility to States and cooperate with them in implementing healthcare programs.’
And in a nod to Trump’s oft-stated goal of erasing geographic boundaries that established state-specific monopolies for insurers, his order requires federal agencies to ‘encourage the development of a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance, with the goal of achieving and preserving maximum options for patients and consumers.’
Moments earlier Trump had signed government commissions making James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis the secretary of Defense and John Kelly the Homeland Security secretary.
Both men are retired U.S. Marine Corps generals, and were sworn in moments earlier by Vice President Mike Pence.
There, he gave a gracious acknowledgement of former foe Hillary Clinton who was sat at the same table as his daughter Tiffany.
‘I was honored – very, very honored when I heard President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton was attending today and I think it’s appropriate to say…I’d like you to stand up.
‘And honestly, there’s nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people,’ he said.
Earlier, in his highly anticipated Inaugural Address, the president spoke of ‘American carnage’ and ‘rusted factories’, vowing to restore the country to its former glory and bring it forward to new prosperity and global success.
‘I will fight for you with every breath in my body,’ he pledged. ‘And I will never, ever let you down.’
Trump promised ‘America first’ would become the central organizing principle around which his government is organized.
‘We will follow two simple rules. Buy American and hire American,’ Trump declared.
They then visited former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle at the White House before making their way to the Capitol for the swearing in ceremony.
Afterwards, and following a luncheon inside the Capitol building, they greeted fans on Pennsylvania Avenue while making their way to the Reviewing Stand.
President Trump made two appearances along the parade route; stepping out first with his wife and 10-year-old son then later again with the rest of the family.
Ivanka Trump held hands with three-year-old son Joseph, smiling as she took in the momentous occasion.
After his swearing in ceremony and inaugural address, the president attended a luncheon in the Capitol Building.