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Trump Era Dawns With Wreath-Laying and Reception Before Oath

  • President-elect will host reception at his own hotel
  • Wreath-laying at Arlington cemetery, black-tie dinner
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Trump: We’re Going to Make America Great for Everybody

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Donald Trump touched down Thursday at Washington’s Joint Base Andrews, about 24 hours before he will be sworn in as the 45th U.S. president.

Trump traded his personally branded Boeing 757 for a U.S. Air Force version of the same plane, following the custom of a first flight to the nation’s capital aboard a military aircraft. The president-elect participated in a series of pre-inaugural rituals and celebrations, beginning with a reception at the Trump International Hotel he opened in downtown Washington last year. The events are a run-up for his swearing-in at about noon on Friday.