INAUGURATION

St. John’s Episcopal Church

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01/20/2017

St. John’s Episcopal Church

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BY THE HILL

President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump headed to St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House for a prayer service on Friday morning, hours before Trump's inauguration. Outside of the service, a crowd gathered to catch a sight of the president-elect shortly before he will be sworn in, according to reports. The family headed to the church from Blair House on Friday morning, where they spent Trump’s final night as president-elect with family, arriving at the church around 8:40 a.m. The service at St. John’s is an Inauguration Day tradition for incoming presidents, which started with Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933.

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Blair House

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01/20/2017

Blair House

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BY USA TODAY

President-elect Donald Trump spent Thursday night at the presidential bed-and-breakfast known as the Blair House, following a presidential tradition that goes back to President Jimmy Carter. The house sits right across the street from the White House, at 1651 Pennsylvania Ave., and is owned by the State Department, serving primarily to house visiting foreign dignitaries. Named for Francis Preston Blair, a newspaper publisher who came to Washington during the Andrew Jackson administration and served in Jackson's "kitchen cabinet." The house has a notable history even before becoming the presidential guest house: It was there that Blair, at the request of President Abraham Lincoln, offered command of the Union Army to General Robert E. Lee. (Lee declined.) Union general William Tecumseh Sherman was married there.

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Union Station

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01/19/2017

Union Station

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BY BREITBART

Republicans are going to win more seats in the Senate in 2018, President-elect Donald Trump told a cheering crowd at a Candlelight Dinner at Union Station in Washington D.C., where he also congratulated his top aides. Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s  pollster and most visible spokeswoman, “has been so great,” Trump told the allies, appointees, staff, and donors. “Wow. So there is no den she will not going into. When my men are petrified to go on a certain network… then she gets on it, she just destroys them.” Trump also joked about his donors. “I want to thank all of our donors, the big donors, small donors,” he said. “There are donors that got really, really generous the day after the election was won. Oh, I have a couple, they got so generous. ‘Hi Don, I just want to tell you I just sent a big check.” Oh great. Should have sent it a week before. That’s okay. We love you too,” he added.

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MAGA CONCERT

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01/19/2017

MAGA CONCERT

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BY BREITBART

Donald Trump delivered remarks Thursday evening, just hours before becoming the 45th president of the United States. After a performance from Toby Keith at the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Concert,” Trump spoke for a few minutes, delivering the following remarks and kicking off three days of inaugural celebrations. "Thank you very much. Thank you very much everybody, and thank you Tom. I’d like to congratulate our incredible entertainers tonight. Toby, and Lee Greenwood and all of the great talent. It was really very special. I also have to thank our incredible military right here."

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Wreath Laying Ceremony

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01/19/2017

Wreath Laying Ceremony

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BY PATCH

A wreath-laying ceremony Thursday afternoon at Arlington National Cemetery kicked off the official inaugural events for President-elect Donald Trump. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence presented the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in honor of the nation’s fallen soldiers. The resting place for 400,000 military heroes, President Kennedy and others buried there since the 1860s. More than 4 million people visit the cemetery annually. Burial in Arlington is generally limited to active, retired and former members of the armed forces, Medal of Honor recipients, high-ranking federal government officials and their dependents. The Tomb of the Unknowns is a monument dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being identified.

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Leadership Luncheon

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01/19/2017

Leadership Luncheon

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BY BREITBART

President-elect Donald Trump boasted on Thursday that his administration will “have by far the highest IQ of any cabinet ever assembled.” Trump delivered these remarks at a leadership luncheon with inauguration officials and Republican leaders at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Thursday afternoon. He praised the members of his cabinet, including “the legendary Jeff Sessions” — the Alabama senator who is Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General. He also mentioned UN Ambassador nominee South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Dr. Tom Price (R-GA), and Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin, among others. “We have a lot of smart people. I tell you what — we have by far the highest IQ of any Cabinet ever,” he said.

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INAUGURATION Press Briefing

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01/19/2017

News Conference

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BY RAW STORY

Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took time out of his first official press conference on Thursday to “encourage” people to visit Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C. hotel. (One of the great hotels of the world really) One reporter pointed out that the president-elect had scheduled another visit to the hotel suggesting Trump is promoting the dining room. "I think that’s pretty smart” Spicer smiled. “He’s very proud, it’s an absolutely stunning hotel,” the press secretary added. “I encourage you to go there if you haven’t been by.” Spicer said. “But I don’t think the idea that president-elect Trump is having a reception at the Trump Hotel should be a shocker to anybody.” Reporters may have difficulty taking Spicer up on the offer to visit the Trump Hotel this week because the media have reportedly been banned from the premises.

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Dinner at D.C. Hotel

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01/18/2017

Dinner at D.C. Hotel

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BY WASHINGTON EXAMINER

President-elect Donald Trump made a surprise stop at the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., after attending two dinners in the nation's capital on Wednesday evening. The Republican leader's motorcade arrived at the hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue NW shortly before 9:30 p.m. local time. Trump dined in the hotel restaurant, likely stunning some of the early inauguration guests staying at his most recently opened luxury hotel in the U.S. Although Trump was coming straight from the Vice President's Dinner and the Cabinet Dinner, he may not have had a chance to eat at the events, prompting him to grab a meal at one of his businesses.

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Vice President's Dinner

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01/18/2017

Vice President Dinner

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BY NEW YORK TIMES

President-elect Donald J. Trump, in a free-flowing speech Wednesday night at a dinner honoring his running mate, Mike Pence, jabbed at his new Republican allies and his critics alike, questioned the ethics of “super PACs” and talked about creating a “merit-based” immigration system. Mr. Trump credited Mr. Pence with helping to bring critics around to the ticket. “They all liked Mike. They were a little bit, you know, a little concerned with me,” the president-elect said, drawing laughter from the crowd of about 500 people, which included donors, cabinet appointees and other supporters. He said that even “the haters” who disliked him called his movement “unprecedented.” Mr. Trump expressed gratitude to black voters who had stayed home on Election Day “because they liked me, or they liked me enough that they just said, ‘No reason.’

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Cabinet Secretary's Dinner

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01/18/2017

Cabinet Dinner

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BY NEW YORK TIMES

President-elect Donald Trump is back in Washington, spending the evening attending a duo of dinners just two days before his inauguration. Trump is attending a fundraiser featuring his potential cabinet secretaries at the Library of Congress. Earlier, he stopped by a fundraising dinner honoring Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the National Portrait Gallery. Reporters were not allowed access to either event. Trump will return to New York Wednesday night and is then scheduled to return to Washington for good Thursday.

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