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Way forward as Trump turns America inward

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Donald Trump arrives for his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States at the Capitol in Washington Friday. (Source: Reuters)

India must prepare for his buy-American-hire-American protectionism. In a powerful appeal to American nationalism and a clarion call to put “America First,” the new President of the United States Donald J Trump has promised to upend America’s long standing commitments to economic globalisation, open borders and expansive internationalism.

As Trump’s America turns inward and redefines its role in the world, India must limit the many negative consequences to its current economic engagement with the United States. At the same time, it must seize the new opportunities for strategic cooperation with Washington by shedding past inhibitions.

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Affirming America’s protectionist turn, Trump said: “We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders.”

In a dramatic twist to the prolonged war on terror, Trump has reaffirmed the commitment to work with Russia and other civilised nations to wipe “radical Islamic terror” from the face of earth.”

None of these themes was a surprise from Trump. Through his presidential campaign during 2016, Trump had pounded away on these issues. Given the profound and entrenched opposition in Washington to Trump’s unorthodox views, many had hoped that Trump will moderate and finesse his positions. In choosing not to walk back, Trump has set himself on the ambitious course to change America’s economic and political trajectory after the Second World War.

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Trump’s new vision for America would demand some serious rethinking of the approach to the US in India at the political as well as policy level. For long, the Indian elites have either criticised the US for forcing globalisation down the throat of other peoples and of intervening in the name of promoting political values like democracy. They will now have to deal with Trump who will have none of this.

Trump has delivered a stinging criticism of globalisation and the much cherished American leadership of the global order. Trump declared, “we’ve enriched foreign industry, subsidised the armies of other countries, while allowing for the sad depletion of our military. We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own.”

Unveiling a new vision that is bound to send a chill down the spine of many chancelleries around the world, Trump said from now on, “every decision on trade, taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers.We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.”

Trump identified two simple rules for the new America: “buy American, hire American.”

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India must not only prepare for a more protectionist America, but also prepare for a United States that does not plan to mess around with other people’s affairs or squander blood and treasure in the name of promoting democratic values. “We do not seek to impose our way of life on any one, but rather to let it shine as an example.”

During the campaign and since, Trump had trashed America’s old alliances like the NATO. Tonight he said, “we will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilised world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate from the face of the Earth.” This is an extraordinary formulation that promises to transform US approach to friends and partners around the world.

Trump is not defining himself here as the leader of the “free world” or the “West.” Instead he is talking of uniting “the civilised world” and it quite clearly includes Russia. Trump has always insisted that Russia can be a partner in the fight against against ISIS and other extremist groups.

For eight years, Obama did not use the term “international terrorism.” His preference was for “violent extremism.” That terminological change alone underlines the prospects for a dramatic shift in the way Trump’s America might think about the nature of most important threats and the partnerships that are needed to counter them.

By any measure, Trump’s speech tonight marks a bold and unambiguous repudiation of the long standing beliefs in the American establishment about the United States and its role in the world. His questioning of the costs of globalisation, open borders and an interventionist foreign policy has struck a chord with a large number of voters.

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There is indeed an outside chance that Trump might be able to reinvent America’s international engagement and reorder its domestic politics. He has room indeed to build a bipartisan coalition on limiting free trade, modernising America’s infrastructure and on pursuing more modest foreign policy goals.

To be sure, Trump’s vision will face enormous resistance from the establishment. But then Trump has presented himself as an outsider ready to fight the establishment to make things work for the American people. This, in turn, sets the stage for a vigorous political contestation for America’s future direction in the next four years.

For outsiders, there is probably only one guidance to understanding Trump’s America: the past is not a good guide for the future.

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Inauguration Day Live Stream: Watch Donald Trump Inaugural Festivities Online

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It’s Inauguration Day, and Gossip Cop has a live stream of all the Donald Trump inaugural festivities. Watch below! Though Trump won’t be sworn in as president until noon, coverage of the historic day will actually begin in the early morning hours. Both the “Today” show and “Good Morning America” will broadcast from Washington, D.C., as will “CBS This Morning.”

In addition, the cable news channels will also have on-site broadcasts long before Trump makes his arrival.

Spectators will be allowed onto the U.S. Capitol grounds beginning at 6 a.m. Eastern time. There are designated viewing areas for the public on the West Lawn.

Informal proceedings will then start around 9:30 a.m. Eastern time with musical performances.

Among those slated to provide entertainment during the day are the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Rockettes. In addition, Jackie Evancho is singing the National Anthem.

Opening remarks are slated for 11:30 a.m., after which the swearing-in ceremony will officially begin. Mike Pence will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

At noon, Trump will take the oath of office and be sworn in as president by Chief Justice John Roberts.

The new commander-in-chief will then deliver his Inaugural Address. In the afternoon, Trump will take part in the inauguration parade. Stay tuned for the live stream!

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Donald Trump’s swearing-in at 58th presidential inauguration ceremony

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President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump walk at a pre-Inaugural “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (Source: AP Photo)

America’s interest in inauguration has grown over the decades. When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the US today, this will be the 58th formal presidential inaugural ceremony since 1789. In all, US Presidents have been sworn into office 70 times – usually in public, sometimes in private following the death or resignation of a President, or because Inauguration Day fell on a Sunday. Notably, the US Senate oversaw the first 28 Inaugurations of both the President and Vice President.

But it was in February 4, 1901, that the Senate approved a concurrent resolution to create the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC). The Senate and House of Representatives then appointed members on February 5, 1901. Since then, all Inaugural Ceremonies at the US Capitol have been organised by the JCCIC. However, a separate Presidential Inaugural Committee, appointed by the President-elect, has the responsibility for all official inaugural events other than those held at the Capitol Hill.

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Lady Gaga Attacking Donald Trump At Super Bowl Rumor Made Up By HollywoodLife

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Lady Gaga never had any plans to attack president-elect Donald Trump during her Super Bowl performance, nor were there ever any rumors she would go after him verbally during the halftime show. It was all made up by a site repeatedly shown to publish fake news. Gossip Cop has the exclusive on this journalistic fumble.

In a newly manufactured story, the repeatedly disproven HollywoodLife blares in a headline, “Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Performance: Will She Attack Donald Trump During Halftime Show?” The untrustworthy webloid continues, “Forget about the NFL’s linebackers.

Lady Gaga could land the most brutal hit of Super Bowl 51 on Donald Trump!” “Gaga is not a fan of the incoming president,” notes the outlet before exclaiming that it has “the EXCLUSIVE scoop if she’ll use her halftime show performance to attack Trump!”

There’s one slight problem with this fake news story. No one ever said Lady Gaga might verbally assail Trump at the Super Bowl. It was all made up by the webloid, which has earned the nickname HollywoodLies.

And while not a soul discussed this being a possibility, as it often does, the website quotes an unnamed and untraceable “source close to Gaga” as saying the singer “isn’t going to focus her performance on him.”

Gossip Cop wonders whether the often discredited outlet’s “source” is the same one it relied on when it wrongly reported Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney had a secret wedding.

Or was the “source” the individual behind the claim that Lady Gaga was collaborating with Selena Gomez on a song, because Gossip Cop shot down that concocted story as well. Basically, HollywoodLife made up the rumor that Lady Gaga might attack Donald Trump, just so it could publish an article to say it wasn’t true.

And Gossip Cop knows this because we checked with Lady Gaga’s team, and they exclusively assure us no one from that unreliable site even approached them about the supposed rumor.

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