The Latest: Trump returns to White House after celebrations


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States (all times EST):

12:15 a.m.

The nation’s 45th president, Donald Trump, has arrived back at the White House after attending three inaugural balls celebrating his election.

The president has used the balls to recount his victory and to let supporters know that “now the fun begins.”

One of the biggest cheers of the night came when he asked whether he should continue to use his Twitter account. The crowd gave the question a resounding yes.

 The president took part in one dance at each ball after giving a short speech. The president chose to dance to the song “My Way” during the first two balls and “I Will Always Love You” for the third.

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11:55 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence is paying tribute to veterans with a stop at another inaugural celebration.

Pence made an unannounced stop at the Veterans Inaugural Ball at a downtown Washington hotel late Friday.

Pence, who was introduced by the head of the American Legion, said the day was “the dawn of a new era.”

He paid tribute to veterans who have been killed or injured in the line of duty and said they were “an inspiration to our new president,” Donald Trump.

Pence pledged that the Trump administration would take better care of the nation’s veterans and give the military “every tool” it needs.

Pence’s son is a Marine and his father was a veteran.

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11:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are taking part in a traditional dance and cake-cutting with members of the U.S. military.

The newly sworn-in president is dancing with U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Catherine Cartmell of Newport, Rhode Island.

Mrs. Trump is dancing with U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jose A. Medina of Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, also are dancing with members of the military.

The Trumps and Pences are also participating in the military’s traditional cake cutting to honor the sacrifice and service of its members. The cake is cut with a saber.

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11:10 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump thanked the members of the armed services at the third and final inaugural ball she and President Donald Trump attended Friday.

She said, “Thank you all for your service. I’m honored to be your first lady.”

The first couple then danced to “I Will Always Love You.”

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10:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump asked the crowd at the second of three inaugural balls he’s attending whether he should “keep the Twitter going?”

The crowd roared in apparent approval.

Trump said his all-hours tweeting to his more than 20 million followers is “a way of bypassing dishonest media.”

He spoke with first lady Melania Trump by his side. She wore an ivory column gown.

“Now,” he added, “the fun begins.”

The first couple again danced to “My Way.”

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9:40 p.m.

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, are dancing at the first of three inaugural balls they’ll attend Friday night.

Trump says his first day as commander-in-chief was great.

Trump says, “People that weren’t so nice to me were saying that we did a really good job today.” He adds, “It’s like God was looking down on us.”

They are dancing to “My Way,” and they have been joined by Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Susan, as well as Trump family members.

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9:30 p.m.

After eight years, Barack Obama had to wait a little bit longer to start his post-presidential relaxation.

The plane taking the Obama family from Washington to the California desert Friday was delayed then diverted because of bad weather.

Officials say the Obamas hovered for about 40 minutes over Palm Springs International Airport, where gawkers and photographers had gathered to catch a glimpse of them. It was eventually diverted to March Air Reserve Base about 60 miles to the west, where it landed at about 5:45 p.m., about an hour after it was expected.

Obama left Washington after attending President Donald Trump’s morning inauguration.

The first family had sought a sunny vacation as they left cold capital, but Southern California is being doused by a series of storms.

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9:25 p.m.

Members of the military, veterans and first responders are awaiting President Donald Trump’s arrival at the “Salute to Our Armed Services” ball.

The invitation-only event is being held in Washington’s National Building Museum, which has hosted such events since the days of Grover Cleveland.

The evening began with a solemn prayer and a moment of silence in honor of soldiers killed in the line of duty.

The evening’s entertainment is being provided by singer Tony Orlando, who was introduced as “America’s most loved and enduring entertainer,” and Texas musician Josh Weathers.

Weathers at one point told the crowd, “I know that nobody in this room knows who I am.” He has been playing popular covers for guests gathered around a sprawling stage.

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8:30 p.m.

The White House is putting a freeze on any new regulations and halting ones that former President Barack Obama’s administration had started.

A memo from White House chief of staff Reince Priebus says federal agencies shouldn’t submit any completed regulations to be published in the Federal Register until President Donald Trump’s administration can review them.

The memo also freezes any regulations that were in the pipeline to be published. Regulations that have already been published but haven’t kicked in are to be postponed for 60 days to allow for a review.

Priebus says the White House budget director can grant exceptions to allow critical regulations to move forward.

The memo is similar to one that Obama’s chief of staff issued the same day Obama was inaugurated in 2009.

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8:15 p.m.

Protesters and an Associated Press photographer say police fired rubber projectiles at them during demonstrations against President Donald Trump in downtown Washington.

An AP photographer says he was hit three times by projectiles — once on his left shin and twice on his right — while covering demonstrations Friday.

A photo of a spent canister appears to show the bottom part of a “rubber sponge.” The foam-nosed projectile is launched at high-speed by police as a form of less lethal force.

District of Columbia police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck says police did not use rubber bullets but would not comment on whether they used rubber sponges. He says he will “gladly provide” a comprehensive after-action report once the demonstrations wrap up.

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8:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is already making some changes to the Oval Office.

A bust of Winston Churchill was visible as reporters were allowed in to watch Trump sign an executive order.

Former President Barack Obama had been criticized for removing the bust. But Obama had said the Churchill bust remained in a prominent White House location outside his private office where he could see it every day.

A rug Obama had in the Oval Office that had quotations along its border has been removed.

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7:50 p.m.

Defense Secretary James Mattis is telling military personnel and their families that his actions are aimed at making sure “our military is ready to fight today and in the future.”

Mattis said in a statement Friday evening that he recognizes that “no nation is secure without friends” and is pledging to “work with the State Department to strengthen” the nation’s alliances.

He says the Pentagon is “devoted to gaining full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, thereby earning the trust of Congress and the American people.”

The statement was released just moments after Mattis was sworn in to the Cabinet post overseeing the Pentagon.

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7:35 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence has sworn in President Donald Trump’s nominees to run the Pentagon and the Homeland Security Department.

Retired Gen. James Mattis took the oath of office to be defense secretary. Retired Gen. John Kelly took the oath to be homeland security secretary.

They were sworn in Friday during a hastily arranged ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where the vice president’s suite of offices is located. The building is part of the White House campus.

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7:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump has signed commissions for retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as defense secretary and retired Gen. John Kelly to serve as secretary of the Homeland Security Department.

Trump signed the commissions in the Oval Office on his first day in office as reporters watched.

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer says Vice President Mike Pence will soon deliver the oath of office to the two retired generals. The Senate confirmed their nominations earlier Friday.

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7:25 p.m.

Police are clashing with protesters as a fire burns on K Street in Northwest Washington.

Authorities in riot gear standing side-by-side pushed protesters away from the fire, which was set in overturned newspaper bins in the middle of the street known for high-powered lobbying firms. Police hit at least 10 people with pepper spray as they advanced.

Several people ran from the scene yelling for medical attention while holding their eyes. Other protesters came to their aid and used bottled water to rinse their eyes.

With many people pushed into a nearby park, firefighters moved in and extinguished the fire.

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7:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump has signed his first executive order as president, ordering federal agencies to ease the burden of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care law.

Presidential spokesman Sean Spicer refused to offer details on the order.

Trump was joined in the Oval Office by Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and other top advisers as he signed the executive order on the so-called “Obamacare” law that he opposed throughout his campaign.

Trump also formally signed the commissions of incoming Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

The White House says Priebus was also sending a memorandum to agencies and departments instituting an immediate freeze on regulations. No additional details were immediately available.

Asked about his first day as president, Trump says, “It was busy but good — a beautiful day.”

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7:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump is using his first written statement as president to call on the Senate to confirm the rest of his nominees.

Trump says he is pleased that the Senate on Friday confirmed John Kelly to lead the Homeland Security Department and James Mattis at the head of the Defense Department. Trump is calling them “uniquely qualified leaders” who will start immediately to rebuild the military, defend the U.S. and secure its borders.

Trump says the Senate should fulfill its constitutional duty by swiftly confirming the rest of his nominees. He says they’re highly qualified. Trump says he needs them confirmed so “we can get to work on behalf of the American people.”
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