WASHINGTON: Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, Friday vowed to “unite the world” against radical Islamic terrorism and said the US would not impose its way of life on others.
“We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first,” Trump said in his inaugural address moments after he was sworn in as the new president of the United States by the US Chief Justice.
Trump replaced Barack Obama as the new occupant of the White House. “We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow,” he said.
“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate from the face of the Earth,” Trump said.
“At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice,” he said.
Delivering an optimistic and visionary inaugural Trump promised his countrymen to rebuild the country to “bring back our dreams” wherein “America First” would be the key to his governance.
Continuing with one of his election campaign theme, Trump said for many decades, Americans have enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry. “Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own; and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay,” he said.
“We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind,” he added.
And the wealth of the middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world. “But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future. We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power,” Trump said.
“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America First. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families,” he said.
Reiterating his pledge to protect borders from the ravages of other countries making American products, stealing its companies, and destroying jobs, Trump said protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. “I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down. America will start winning again, winning like never before,” he said.
“We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams,” Trump said.