Saturday, January 21, 2017
DONALD TRUMP BECOMES THE 45TH PRESIDENT OF AMERICA.MIKE PENCE THE 48TH VICE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA.YESTERDAY.
YESTERDAYS HAPPENINGS AT THE TRUMP - PENCE SWEARING IN
AFTER WATCHING YESTERDAYS TRUMP-PENCE INAUGURATION. I JUST FELT A LIFTING OF PRESSURE ON AMERICA. AT LEAST NOW IN POWER. AMERICA GOT A GREAT CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE. AND WITH THAT MANY PEOPLE OF FAITH IN THE ADMINISTRATION. LEAD BY MIKE PENCE. THE NAME OF GOD-JESUS AND ISRAEL WILL BE UPLIFTED. WE KNOW NOBODYS PERFECT. BUT WITH TRUMPS BUSINESS EXPERIENCE. AND PENCE LEADING THE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE IN AMERICA NOW. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. CHRISTIANS CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE. GOD IS IN CONTROL AND WILL BE LEADING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO PRAYER AND RICHEOUSNESS FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS. PRAISE JESUS FOR TURNING AMERICA BACK TO HIM. AND THAT GOD IS BACK IN THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AGAIN.
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 19h19 hours ago-jan 20,17-January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration condemned what it called the "anti-police atmosphere" in America and called for more law enforcement and more effective policing in a statement on the White House website after President Donald Trump's inauguration."The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump administration will end it," said the statement on (www.whitehouse.gov) after it was taken over by the new administration.The statement said Trump was still committed to building a border wall to stop illegal immigration, adding, "Our country needs more law enforcement, more community engagement, and more effective policing."(Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Eric Walsh)
Trump backers' disparate hopes coalesce around promise of change-[Reuters]-By Melissa Fares and Dustin Volz-YAHOONEWS-January 20, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The pomp and circumstance were like any big Washington celebration: a regal backdrop, the patriotic music, the military precision of the ceremony.But the throngs who attended Friday’s inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump came for change. Dramatic change.Some came to hear about changes in America’s world view or a desire for stronger borders. Some wanted to hear how change would ripple into their hometown. Some hankered for u-turns in policies; some wanted an entirely new approach to governing.Trump, like President Barack Obama in 2008, tapped into a desire for change and cast himself as a challenger to the Washington establishment. But, this time, the demands came from a slice of America that feels neglected during the Obama administration."Obama’s had eight years and I can see my neighbors in worse shape than they were eight years ago," said Carol Reiller, 66, a retiree who drove seven-plus hours from Buffalo, New York, with her grandchildren to see the swearing-in ceremony.Many of the inauguration attendees were focused on economic issues. In dozens of interviews with supporters, they pinned their hopes and expectations on everything from job creation to improved border security to a revival of American manufacturing.Christian Early, 37, said many of his friends have lost work in the construction industry and he is looking for Trump to turn that around.He wants quick approval of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada through the United States, pressure on U.S. companies to repatriate cash in offshore tax havens, and an immediate loosening of financial regulations.“If he does those things, he will be creating jobs,” said Early, a bank officer from Annapolis, Maryland. “If he’s not making an earnest effort within one year, he’ll just be another politician.”Like thousands in the crowd, Early wore one of Trump’s signature “Make America great Again” baseball caps, a bright red sign of solidarity in an audience overwhelmingly opposed to just about everything symbolized by the city they had come to visit.For his part, Trump's inaugural address channeled the resentment of the white working class in an echo of his fiery campaign speeches, darkly portraying a dysfunctional country riven by unemployment, poverty and crime that he would change in a movement of nationalism and trade protectionism.-'SHAKING THINGS UP'-George Weber, 51, a car dealer who traveled from Missouri, said he voted for Trump with the hope that he will get Washington “working for the people…. I want to see him shaking things up right away.”Even veterans of previous inaugurations felt the mood this time was different.Marie Quinn, 76, from Richmond, Virginia, said she'd attended Republican inaugurations since Ronald Reagan's presidency, but felt this one promised to bring more historic change. "This one will probably be much bigger," she said, predicting that Trump would put the country on a new course.Many attendees said they were eager for Trump to fulfill his promises of a crackdown on illegal immigration.Joshua Rojas, 25, a Mexican-American graduate student who worked as a bank teller to fund his trip, said he understood some of the immigrant community’s concern about Trump, since his own father, a minister, was brought to America as an illegal immigrant.“Trump isn't popular among Hispanics and sometimes he takes it a little far, but what he's saying he will do still excites me,” Rojas said. “Illegal immigration is a big burden to local government.”Not everyone who attended the ceremonies was keen on the change Trump is promising.Lani Lutar, 39, a small business owner from San Diego, came for the Women’s March on Washington, an event scheduled for Saturday and expected to draw large crowds. She supported neither Trump nor his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but she got an inaugural ticket from her congressman’s office.Lutar wanted to “appreciate the significance of this amazing ceremony of the best country in the world.” But even the impressive pageantry did not erase her misgivings about Trump.“I worry a lot about a lot of things, his treatment of people of different religions, of women, his racist comments, there’s a lot," she said.Some of Trump’s supporters echoed those concerns, talking hopefully about the need to unify a nation bitterly divided by a combative and controversial campaign.Francie Keener, 37, wearing a lipstick-red dress to match the ubiquitous Trump cap, thought the new president's speech was a good start. It showed that "he supports everybody," the New Yorker said. "I hope people can rest a little easy now."Susan Suhovsky, 64, a Catholic school teacher from New York, suggested, however, that Trump still has a way to go in softening his often combative rhetoric.“I hope when he speaks, he cleans up how he talks,” she said. “That is a concern, because you represent our country…. He talks like a New Yorker.”(Writing by Peter Eisler. Additional reporting by Yara Bayoumy and David Brunnstrom. Editing by Jason Szep and Mary Milliken)
Melania Trump channels Jackie Kennedy but Conway grabs fashion headlines-[Reuters]-By Jill Serjeant-YAHOONEWS-January 20, 2017
(Reuters) - New U.S. first lady Melania Trump channeled style icon Jacqueline Kennedy on Friday but the Inauguration Day fashion headlines were stolen by a military-style coat worn by one of her husband's aides.Trump, 46, the White House's first former model, chose American designer Ralph Lauren's baby blue cropped jacket with cowl neckline and matching dress for the swearing-in ceremony in Washington.But the outfit grabbing most attention was the patriotic red hat with red, white and blue coat with brass buttons worn by Kellyanne Conway, senior aide to President Donald Trump.The $3,600 double-breasted Gucci coat evoked the American Revolution era and took social media by storm with ridicule, memes and comparisons ranging from Paddington Bear to Napoleon and a nutcracker.Conway described it "Trump revolutionary wear" in an interview with NBC television. The satirical "Daily Show" commented on Twitter that Conway was "dressed as the era Trump wants to take America back to."Style website Racked, however, complimented Conway as "the most high-fashion person in Washington" on Friday.By contrast, Melania Trump's outfit, worn with long matching gloves, stiletto shoes, and her long hair swept up in a loose bun, had a 1960s vibe.The outfit, like other presidential inauguration dresses, will later be sent to the Smithsonian Museum.Fashion magazine Elle said Melania's choice "takes a very literal page" from Kennedy's inaugural look in 1961."It's a look that, overall, is very safe, if a bit costume-y (dye-to-match pumps!). As our first reality TV president enters office, this is a family that is undeniably aware of what works on TV, and this look is very on-the-nose, Jackie Kennedy-inspired, 'presidential,'" wrote Elle's Leah Chernikoff.Melania Trump's Inauguration Day outfit had been the cause of much speculation after Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and other leading designers said publicly they would not dress the 5-feet-11-inch (1.8-m) former model for her big day because they opposed her husband and his policies.Lauren and his eponymous corporation became synonymous with American style through his preppy line of Polo shirts, casual slacks and shorts in the 1970s.The company's Facebook page filled on Friday with both praise and dismay at his decision to dress Trump for the swearing-in ceremony in Washington D.C.He also designed the signature pantsuits worn by Trump's rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, both during the 2016 election campaign and on Friday.Elsewhere, white was the dominant color.Ivanka Trump, who has her own fashion line, donned a white pantsuit with an asymmetrical cut that was designed by Oscar de la Renta. Clinton went for a cream coat over a more traditional pantsuit, and Tiffany Trump wore a white double breasted coast over a white dress.Melania Trump began her career as a teen model in her native Slovenia and has been featured on the cover of magazines like Vogue and GQ.The Trump ladies will later change into formal gowns for the inaugural ball in Washington on Friday evening.On social media, Americans were abuzz about the day's fashions. "Who wore it better: Kellyanne Conway or Paddington Bear?" wrote Michael Hopper, one of those ridiculing her outfit on Twitter.Peggy Feigenbaum expressed outrage at Ralph Lauren for dressing Melania Trump on the company's Facebook page. "You are now history...How could you dress HER?!!!!!! Done with you and ashamed of you," she wrote.(Additional reporting by Angela Moon; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Cynthia Osterman)
French far-right leader Le Pen calls on Europeans to 'wake up'-[Reuters]-By Paul Carrel-yahoonews-January 21, 2017
KOBLENZ, Germany (Reuters) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged European voters to follow the example of Americans and the British and "wake up" in 2017 at a meeting of far-right leaders.Le Pen told several hundred supporters in the German city of Koblenz that Britons' vote last year to leave the European Union would set in train a "domino effect"."2016 was the year the Anglo-Saxon world woke up. I am sure 2017 will be the year the people of continental Europe wake up," she said to loud applause on Saturday.Le Pen, head of the anti-EU, anti-immigrant National Front (FN) and seen by pollsters as highly likely to make a two-person runoff vote for the French presidency in May, has marked out Europe as a major plank in her programme.The far-right leaders met under the slogan "Freedom for Europe" with the aim of strengthening ties between their parties, whose nationalist tendencies have hampered close collaboration in the past."The key factor that is going to set in course all the dominos of Europe is Brexit. A sovereign people chose ... to decide its destiny itself," Le Pen said."The second coup did not come long after: the election of Mr Trump to the presidency of the United States ... his position on Europe is clear: he does not support a system of oppression of peoples," she added.In a joint interview with the Times of London and the German newspaper Bild published on Monday, Trump said the EU had become "a vehicle for Germany" and predicted that more EU member states would vote to leave the bloc as Britain did last June.Populist anti-immigration parties are on the rise across Europe as high unemployment and austerity, the arrival of record numbers of refugees and militant attacks in France, Belgium and Germany feed voter disillusionment with traditional parties.The mood is mirrored in the United States, where Trump was inaugurated as U.S. president on Friday.Several leading German media have been barred from the Koblenz meeting, which is being organised by the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), the smallest group in the European Parliament, in a year when the parties are hoping for electoral breakthroughs.Also at the meeting were Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch far-right Freedom Party (PVV) who was last month convicted of discrimination against Moroccans, and Matteo Salvini of the Northern League who wants to take Italy out of the euro.In the Netherlands, Wilders is leading in all major polls before national parliamentary elections on March 15. Again hailing Trump's election, Wilders told the meeting: "Yesterday a free America, today Koblenz, and tomorrow a new Europe."Protesters demonstrated outside the venue, with Sigmar Gabriel, the leader of Germany's Social Democrats, junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition, due to join the protest.(Additional reporting by Simon Carraud in Paris and Crispian Balmer in Rome; Editing by Tom Heneghan and Alexander Smith)
Violence flares in Washington during Trump inauguration-[Reuters]-By Jonathan Landay and Scott Malone-yahoonews-January 20, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - America's political divisions turned violent on Washington's streets during U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, as black-clad anti-establishment activists set fires and clashed with police, while Trump supporters cheered the new chief executive.when will trump be sworn in as presidentwhen is trump sworn inwashington post trumpdenzel washington trumpwhen will trump become president-Hundreds of protesters with varying agendas marched through downtown, and some groups clashed with police, throwing rocks and bottles, which police responded to with tear gas and concussion grenades. A helicopter hovered low overhead.At one flash point, a protester hurled an object through the passenger window of a police van, which sped away in reverse as demonstrators cheered. Earlier, activists wearing masks used chunks of pavement and baseball bats to shatter the windows of a Bank of America branch and a McDonald's outlet, all symbols of American capitalism.Multiple vehicles were set on fire, including a black limousine and a television truck. A knot of people dragged garbage cans into a street a few blocks from the White House and set them ablaze, later throwing a red cap bearing Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan into the flames.Police said at least 217 people were arrested and six officers were injured in scuffles with activists. The people arrested would be held overnight before making court appearances on Saturday, Peter Newsham, interim chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, told a news conference. Newsham added that police would continue to monitor security around the night's celebrations.Friday's protests played out just blocks from Pennsylvania Avenue, where New York businessman-turned-Republican politician Trump took part in the traditional parade a newly sworn in president takes from the U.S. Capitol to the White House.The various protest groups scattered around the city chanted anti-Trump slogans and carried signs with slogans including "Trump is not president" and "Make Racists Afraid Again.""Trump is not going to be stopped at the top, he's going to be stopped from the bottom, from people rising up," said Ben Allen, a 69-year-old retired teacher from San Francisco. "We support the right of everybody in this country, no matter what nationality, what religion, the color of their skin, to be respected as a human being, and this guy doesn't respect anybody."-'DIDN'T EXPECT VIOLENCE'-Trump supporter Ryan Shiring, 21, stood nervously with a group of friends near a pile of smoldering trash cans."We thought there would be protests but we didn't expect violence," said Shiring, a college student from Hartford, Connecticut. "We were hoping for a completely peaceful transfer of power."Democratic officials, including Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, condemned the violence.The U.S. Secret Service, Washington police and other law enforcement agencies had about 28,000 officers in place to secure a roughly three-square-mile (7.8 square km) of the city.Trump, a former reality TV star, angered many liberal Americans during his stunningly successful campaign with demeaning comments on women and immigrants. His inauguration speech was a populist and nationalist rallying cry.Protesters and police said the black-clad violent activists were acting independently of organized opposition to Trump.The Disrupt J20 group on Twitter said its anger was not directed only at Trump, and that it would also have demonstrated had Democrat Hillary Clinton won the election last November.Not far from the White House, Bob Hrifko, a member of the Bikers for Trump group, said he was struck in the face with an aluminum chair when he tried to intervene in a scuffle involving police and protesters."We need more order. This ain't right," said Hrifko, who was bleeding from a cut under his eye.The number of people who turned out for the midday swearing-in ceremony in the rain appeared to be significantly smaller than the estimated 2 million who attended Democrat Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009. Overhead video of the National Mall showed sections of the white matting laid down to protect the grass were largely empty.The city's Metro subway system reported ridership levels as of 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) at less than half of what was seen in 2013 or 2009 and roughly on par with George W. Bush's second inauguration in 2005.Sympathy protests were held around the nation and the world, in cities including Los Angeles, Tokyo and London. But in Moscow, Russians hoping Trump will usher in a new era of detente with their country celebrated his inauguration.In Washington, David Guthrie, a long-haired, bearded, 36-year-old from South Bend, Indiana, stood stark naked on a street corner with an obscenity and "Trump" written on his buttocks in black magic marker.As he stood, he was pepper sprayed by police, but stood with his eyes clenched, saying he wanted to prompt "a national conversation on the illegitimacy of the Trump presidency.""I need a shower," he said, as fellow protesters helped him walk away, wrapped in a silver blanket.(Additional reporting by Ian Simpson David Lawder, Joel Schectman, Mike Stone, Matt Spetalnick, and Phil Stewart; Editing by Jonathan Oatis, Paul Simao and Grant McCool)
On Trump's second day, thousands of women to march in D.C. in protest-[Reuters]-By Emily Stephenson and Scott Maloneyahoonews-January 21, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the United States are expected to pack into downtown Washington on Saturday for a women's march in opposition to the agenda and rhetoric of President Donald Trump.The Women's March on Washington, featuring speakers, celebrity appearances and a protest walk along the National Mall, was planned as a counter-argument to Trump's populist presidential campaign, in which he angered many on the left with comments seen as demeaning to women, Mexicans and Muslims.It comes the day after the nation's capital was rocked by violent protest against Trump, with black-clad anti-establishment activists smashing windows, setting vehicles on fire and fighting with riot-gear-clad police who responded with stun grenades. [L1N1FA0LA]-The protests illustrated the depth of the anger in a deeply divided country that is still recovering from the scarring 2016 campaign season. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. party.The organizers of Saturday's march said they had extensive security plans in place, and would have both visible and hard-to-spot security workers along the route.The event, the brainchild of Hawaiian grandmother Teresa Shook, was intended as an outlet for women and men who consider themselves feminists to vent their frustration and anxiety over Trump's victory. It spotlights the fierce opposition Trump faces as he takes office, a period that is typically more of a honeymoon than a hatefest.A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found Trump had the lowest favorability rating of any incoming president since the 1970s.Women reached by Reuters gave a host of reasons for marching, ranging from inspiring other women to run for office to protesting Trump's plans to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which among other things requires health insurers to cover birth control.Overall, the women said they hoped to send a unity message to Trump after a campaign in which he said Mexican immigrants were "rapists," discussed banning Muslims from entering the United States, and was revealed to have once bragged about grabbing women by the genitals and kissing them without permission."It's a lot of things: To protest the administration that's coming in and the blatant disrespect for women and people of color," said Whitney Jordan, 28, who works in retail in New York and said she was coming to Washington on a bus organized by Planned Parenthood, the reproductive health organization that is the march's biggest sponsor.Another march participant, Carli Baklashev, a stay-at-home mother of five boys from Missouri, said, "I want to resist the ideology of everything that he stands for and teach my children that, you know, love, empathy and inclusion and diversity are a staple of who we are.Trump's team did not respond to a request for comment about the march.During his inauguration speech on Friday, Trump vowed to work for the good of the U.S. worker, saying, "Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families."Celebrities such as the musicians Janelle Monae and Katy Perry - both of whom supported Clinton in the election - are expected to take part in Saturday's march. Women have knitted pink cat-eared "pussy" hats, a reference to Trump's claim in the 2005 video that was made public weeks before the election that he grabbed women by the genitals.Dozens of groups representing myriad issues joined together to sponsor the march.Shannon Watts, the head of pro-gun control group Moms Demand Action, said her organization will send more than 100 marchers."Gun violence is a women’s issue," Watts said. She said women in the United States are 16 times more likely to be the victim of gun violence than in other high-income nations and that studies have found 4.5 million women have been threatened at some point with a gun.Groups including Emily's List, which supports Democratic women candidates, said the election had already spurred increased turnout at classes to train women to mount campaigns for mostly low-level political offices."I want it to be energizing," Erica Eisdorfer, 59, of Carrboro, North Carolina, said of the march. "Nothing is going to change on Sunday morning, nothing will have changed ... but I think the people who wish it were other will be energized."(Reporting by Emily Stephenson and Ginger Gibson; Editing by Leslie Adler)
World jittery about Trump's 'America first' inaugural speech-[Associated Press]-yahoonews-January 21, 2017
President Donald Trump's inaugural speech promised "America first" policy, but offered no specifics about America's place in the world.The billionaire businessman and reality television star — the first president who had never held political office or high military rank — promised to stir a "new national pride" and protect America from the "ravages" of countries he says have stolen U.S. jobs."This American carnage stops right here," Trump declared. In a warning to the world, he said, "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it's going to be America first."A look at some reactions from around the world:___AFGHANS DISAPPOINTED BUT HOPEFUL-Like many in the Afghan capital of Kabul, restaurant owner Mohammad Nahim watched the presidential inauguration ceremonies but was disappointed to not hear any mention of Afghanistan."Trump did not mention a word about Afghanistan in his speech and the salaries of the Afghan army and police are paid by the U.S.," he said. He added that if the U.S. stops helping Afghanistan, "our country will again become a sanctuary to terrorists. I hope Trump will not forget Afghanistan."Mohammed Kasim Zazi, a shopkeeper whose home is in eastern Afghanistan's Khost province, where the feared Haqqani network is prominent, said he expected Trump to stay focused on Afghanistan."Trump said he will finish the terrorists in the world and that has to mean that Afghanistan will remain in the sights of the U.S." said Zazi.Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said he was encouraged by Trump's speech to soldiers in Bagram. "There he announced his support to the troops and the continuation of support for their troops here and strengthening their troops, which is a good and elegant step and I am sure that our cooperation in other areas will continue as well."___SPEECH RESONATES IN MEXICO-Perhaps no country was watching the speech more closely than Mexico. Trump has made disparaging remarks about immigrants who come to the United States illegally and sought to pressure companies not to set up shop in Mexico by threatening a border tariff on goods manufactured there and exported to the United States.So Trump's talk of "protect(ing) our borders," ''America first" and "buy American and hire American" had particular resonance in America's southern neighbor.Ricardo Anaya Cortes, president of the conservative opposition National Action Party, called for "the unity of all Mexicans, unity in the face of this protectionist, demagogic and protectionist speech we just heard. Unity against that useless wall, against deportations, against the blockade of investment.""The challenge is enormous. ... We demand the federal government leave aside tepidity, that it tackle with absolute firmness and dignity the new relationship with the United States," Anaya said.The United States is by far Mexico's largest commercial partner, buying some 80 percent of its $532 billion in exports in 2015. Mexico is the second-largest market for U.S. exports."At least the word 'Mexico' was not heard in the speech. Nevertheless one can expect the United States to launch a hyper-protectionist project," said Ilan Semo Groman, a researcher at Iberoamericana University.If Trump truly moves to block or drive away U.S. investment in Mexico, Semo said Mexico should focus its commercial efforts on other countries."There are very clear possibilities," Semo said.Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto sent three tweets after Trump's inaugural speech Friday:— "I congratulate @realDonaldTrump on his inauguration. We will work to strengthen our relationship with shared responsibility."— "We will establish a respectful dialogue with the government of President @realDonaldTrump, to Mexico's benefit."— "Sovereignty, national interest and the protection of Mexicans will guide the relationship with the new government of the United States."___PAKISTAN WORRIES ABOUT MUSLIM COMMENTS-A group of retired government officials gathered after morning prayers for a walk in a sprawling park in the heart of the federal capital of Islamabad and the topic of their conversation was President Trump's inaugural speech.They expressed concern that Trump would target the Islamic world, particularly Pakistan, because of his campaign rhetoric about Muslims as well as his inaugural speech in which he promised to eradicate Islamic terrorism worldwide. Pakistan has often been accused of harboring militant insurgents and declared terrorist groups that have targeted neighboring India, against whom Pakistan has fought three wars, as well as Afghanistan. Pakistan denies the charges."Likely there is more trouble in store for the Islamic world and our country will take the most brunt of the harsh treatment from President Trump administration," said Mohammad Afzal.His sentiments were echoed by Shafiq Khan, who said "the one main thing that the new president mentioned about the world outside America is to tackle Islamic radicalism and that should be the matter of concern for all of us."Amanaullah, a school teacher in Islamabad, feared Trump's reference to eliminating radical Islamic terrorism. "I think under this name he wants to malign and eliminate Islam," he said.Umair Khan, an engineer, said of Trump: "Let him taste the burden of government and get settled, I am sure he will calm."___CONCERN IN TOKYO-Some Tokyo residents are worried that Trump's "America first" policy will usher in an era of populism and protectionism at the expense of the rest of the world.Tadashi Gomibuchi, who works in the manufacturing industry, recorded Trump's inauguration speech overnight as he was keen to hear what the new president had to say."Trump is trying to make big changes to the way things are. Changes are good sometimes, but when America, the most powerful, loses stability ... it's a grave concern," he said. "If you take his words literally, it may destabilize the world going forward and I'm really worried. I hope things will lead to a soft landing."Retiree Kuninobu Inoue, who lived in the U.S. during the 1990s, is concerned about trade frictions between Japan and the U.S, citing Trump's decision to withdraw from the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership."Japan-U.S. relations are not just about security. Our good relations rely so much on trade," he said.Protectionist policies such as the withdrawal from TPP and renegotiation of NAFTA will have a negative impact on the global economy including Japan's, said Akio Mimura, head of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry."These policies only enhance protectionist and populist movement spreading around the world, and could largely shake the free trade system that has supported global growth," he said.In his congratulatory message to Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed the importance of the Asia-Pacific region as a source for growth but also tensions."In the 21st century, while the Asia-Pacific region is the source of the global economic growth, the security environment of the region is becoming more severe," he said.___CHINA BRACES FOR TROUBLE AHEAD-A Chinese state-run nationalist tabloid, the Global Times, says President Trump's inauguration speech indicates that the U.S. and China would inevitably face trade tensions.The newspaper said in a Saturday commentary following Trump's inauguration that "dramatic changes" lay ahead for the U.S. and the global economic order."Undoubtedly, the Trump administration will be igniting many 'fires' on its front door and around the world. Let's wait and see when it will be China's turn," it said.The paper noted that Trump blamed foreign trade policies for failing to put "America first," and said trade tensions between the U.S. and China seemed "inevitable within the four years ahead."The paper says it expects that the Trump administration, in seeking to bring factories back to the U.S. from China, will use the U.S. government's relations with Taiwan as "merely a bargaining chip for them to put trade pressure on China."In Beijing, Independent scholar and commentator Zhang Lifan drew a contrast between Trump's focus on domestic issues and Chinese President Xi Jinping's emphasis on international cooperation."The new U.S. administration's policy toward China is not clear now. In my view, Trump will deal with China like a businessman, especially on trade negotiations," Zhang said.___TAIWAN TWEETS-Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted her congratulations to Trump, saying: "Congratulations @realDonaldTrump. Democracy is what ties Taiwan and the US together. Look forward to advancing our friendship & partnership."Trump didn't mention the self-ruled island in his speech, but he angered China and broke diplomatic protocol by talking by phone with Tsai shortly after winning November's election.He has said earlier that Washington's "one China policy" under which it recognized Beijing in 1979 was open to negotiation, and questioned why the U.S. should be bound by such an approach without China offering incentives.___SOUTH KOREANS PUT SECURITY FIRST, WORRY ABOUT ALLIANCE, TRADE-Some in South Korea worried that President Trump would ask Seoul to shoulder a bigger share of the cost of U.S. forces stationed in South Korea as a deterrent against aggression from North Korea, or that their country will be caught in a conflict between the U.S. and China."I think the biggest challenge is the national defense," said Park Geon-rok, a 30-year-old designer, adding that South Korea was "heavily influenced by the U.S."In an editorial, the English-language JoongAng Daily said South Korea's relations with the U.S. under Trump will face a challenge as the new leader will likely ask Seoul to pay more for the cost of the U.S. military forces in the country, and renegotiate a bilateral free trade agreement. But the paper also notes it is "fortunate" that Trump has a strong position on North Korea's nuclear weapons.There were concerns about potential conflicts between the U.S. and China, South Korea's key business partner. Kim Kyung-jin, a spokesman for the opposition People's Party, said that the international economic order might collapse as the U.S. seeks its own economic interest. Kim urged Trump to ease such worries."There is a possibility of us becoming an innocent bystander who gets hurt in a fight," said Nam Hae-sook, a 62-year-old homemaker. "Also, I think President Trump will be different from President-elect Trump. I think things will work out."In place of impeached President Park Geun-hye, Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said in his congratulatory message to Trump that South Korea wishes to bolster the already close ties with the U.S. and cooperate on stopping North Korea's nuclear development.___INDIANS FRET ABOUT IMMIGRATION PROSPECTS-Among dozens of young, urban Indians who watched Trump's inauguration and speech at a club in a New Delhi, the 27-year-old Jigar Gorasia said getting work visas for professionals and green cards will become a problem."It is going to be a little bit challenging for those," said Gorasia, who studied and worked in Chicago before moving back to India last year.Divya Narayanan, a 21-year-old student of journalism, said that Trump as president worried her. "Someone at the level of the U.S. president coming out and saying things which are bigoted, which are sexist, it sets a precedent for other people in the country, right?"Indian newspapers highlighted Trump's protectionist policies in his speech. "America First President," read the banner headline of The Indian Express newspaper."Protectionist Trumpet: Buy American, Hire American," was the headline of The Times of India newspaper.___VIETNAMESE SAY SPEECH TOO AMERICA-FOCUSED-A Vietnamese analyst said Trump's speech was disappointing because it mainly served the domestic audience."I think this speech would be right for an election campaign, but not an inauguration speech," said Nguyen Ngoc Truong, president of Hanoi-based private policy think-tank Center for Strategic Studies and International Development."It should not be that simple because in an inauguration speech, you must introduce an objective and multi-faceted vision, not just one-sided vision to the American public," he said. "I don't think Trump could have a magic stick to be able to manage America to realize the goals that he outlined."___AUSTRALIANS FIND SPEECH DIVISIVE-An Australian father of two, Marek Rucinski, found Trump's speech "very divisive" and lacking substance."Normally these speeches are used to rally and unite people," he said. "It was, again, more bluster."Rucinski was among some 8,000-10,000 people who attended a Women's March anti-Trump rally in Sydney's Hyde Park.Self-described feminist, Niall Anderson, watched the president's inauguration in disbelief."Just disbelief that this can happen in 2017," the 35-year-old said.The Australian newspaper's Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan wrote that "Trump answered one big question with his inauguration address: There is to be no transition from campaign Trump to presidential Trump.""Donald Trump is always Donald Trump. This consistency is perhaps his chief virtue," Sheridan wrote."And his inauguration address made it clear that he intends to govern just as he campaigned, taking swings at his opponents, extolling his populist mantras, speaking in the slightly weird argot of contemporary down market celebrity," he added.___Associated Press journalists Amir Shah and Kathy Gannon in Kabul, Afghanistan, Peter Orsi in Mexico City, Mari Yamaguchi and Emily Wang in Tokyo, Gillian Wong and Christopher Bodeen in Beijing, Youkyung Lee and Yong Jun Chang in Seoul, South Korea, Muneeza Naqvi in New Delhi, Tran Van Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam and Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, contributed to this report.
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