When Does Donald Trump Take Office? The Countdown Begins
President-elect Donald Trump met with President Barack Obama on Thursday to discuss the transition of power. Trump will be the next president of the United States, and as stunning as his win may be for countless Americans, it's the inevitable truth. So when does Trump take office? The countdown officially begins.
Former Secretary of State and Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may have won the popular vote nationally — by a margin of more than 230,000 votes according to NPR — but Trump won the electoral college. Trump took critical wins in battleground states, which secured his win, and, despite the will of the majority of voters, he will be the country's next president. And in about 70 days from today, Trump will officially get sworn in to office.
As Mic reported, Trump's inauguration as the 45th president will take place on Jan. 20, 2017 as the official transfer of power — and, on a lesser degree, the official Twitter account for the president and first lady, @POTUS and @FLOTUS, will also be transferred.
But Trump has already laid out what he plans to do when he starts his job as president of the United States. As Vox reported, he released a "100-day action plan to Make America Great Again" in October.
Here's clip of a transcript by Vox, capturing a speech he delivered in October:
What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again. It is a contract between myself and the American voter — and begins with restoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington
Therefore, on the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC...
Trump proposed a "contract" that entails imposing term limits on all members of Congress, placing a hiring freeze on all federal employees except military, public safety, and public health, and canceling "every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama" — to name a few of his action plans.
Since winning the election, Trump has been uncharacteristically inactive on Twitter. He's only posted one tweet since his presidential win, writing: "Such a beautiful and important evening!" he wrote. "The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before."
How Trump will aim to deliver on all of his promises remains to be seen.