President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, to the White House for tea ahead of the presidential inauguration. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, to the White House on Friday (January 20) for tea ahead of the presidential inauguration. Trump will swear-in later as the 45th president of the United States, taking power over a divided country after a savage campaign and setting the country on a new, uncertain path at home and abroad. In a event likely to draw 900,000 people, including protesters, Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, will take the oath of office at midday (1700 GMT) outside the domed U.S. Capitol, with U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. "It all begins today!" Trump wrote in a note on Twitter at about 7:30 a.m. "I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES - THE WORK BEGINS!" He stayed the night at an official guest house near the White House and then attended a morning prayer service at St. John's Episcopal Church, a block away. Trump, wearing a dark suit and red tie, was accompanied by his wife, Melania, clad in a classic-styled, powder blue ensemble, and his family. Streets near the president's home were blocked to traffic by empty buses and dump trucks or temporary pedestrian security checkpoints where law enforcement officers and National Guard troops checked people's bags. Checkpoints around the National Mall in front of the Capitol opened early to begin admitting guests, some of them wearing red caps bearing Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan. They were barred from bringing selfie sticks, coolers for beverages, and long umbrellas despite the rainy weather. Most of the area was orderly, but about 100 protesters shouted slogans near one checkpoint and linked arms to block people from entering. Police in riot gear pushed them back into an intersection to allow people attending the inauguration to reach the checkpoints. Trump, 70, enters the White House with work to do to bolster his image. During a testy transition period since his stunning November election win, the wealthy New York businessman and former reality TV star has repeatedly engaged in Twitter attacks against his critics, so much so that one fellow Republican, Senator John McCain, told CNN that Trump seemed to want to "engage with every windmill that he can find."