When Does Donald Trump Take Office?

Inauguration Day 2017, the day Donald Trump will assume the role of chief executive of the United States, is Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

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The 45th President of the United States will be sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at noon, when the term of President Barack Obama expires.

President Barack Obama will technically be president of the United States right up until noon on Jan. 20, 2017, under provisions sets forth in the U.S. Constitution’s 20th Amendment.

President Obama, a Democrat, will greet and likely dine with president-elect Donald Trump even if he’s from a different political party. It’s become tradition for American presidents to allow for the peaceful transition of power from one United States president and his administration to another

The incoming president will take the oath of office, which consists of the following statement: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Every president is expected to deliver an inaugural address, a speech whose purpose is to reunite an electorate that is still healing and divided from the election two months earlier, a speech that sets the course in policy and direction for the administration over the ensuing four years while acknowledging the work of the previous president.

Inauguration Day is replete with pomp and pageantry, including the traditional inaugural ball. These events have been held every four years since May 7, 1789, when the first inaugural ball was put on in honor of President George Washington. Modern-day inaugural balls cost tens of millions of dollars to put on, and there are usually way more than just one held the night of the new president’s inauguration.