President Trump Sends Warning To Australia And The World
Donald Trump has used his first speech as US president to issue a warning to Australia and other nations around the world that a new era has begun with his arrival in the White House.
Old alliances, trade deals, relationships, no matter how strong, were put on notice as the winds of change arrived in Washington DC.
Trump told the crowd at his inauguration as the 45th president of the US on Friday every decision he makes in his four-year term will be "America first".
January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2017
Speculation Trump would walk away from his inflammatory campaign promises and take a more statesman-like approach in the White House was shredded by a speech where he put Canberra and every other world capital on notice.
"We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power," Trump, with former president Barack Obama sitting just metres away, said.
"From this day forward a new vision will govern our land.
"From this day forward it is only going to be America first.
"Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families."
During his successful presidential campaign Trump called out close allies Japan, South Korea and European nations for not doing enough to pay their way militarily.
He also curiously showed support for mending America's frosty relationship with Russia.
Despite the isolationist tone of his speech the new president did call for nations to come together to defeat terror groups.
"We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones - and unite the civilised world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth," he said.
Trump did not mention Russia or China during his speech.
During his election campaign Trump threatened China with a 45 per cent tariff on their goods that, if introduced, would almost certainly lead to a trade war with severe implications for Australia.
Trump also did not specifically mention the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The TPP trade pact championed by Obama between the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and eight other Pacific nations is likely to be scrapped by Trump within days.
"For many decades we have enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidised the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military," Trump said.
"We have defended other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
"We have made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.
"... But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future."
Australia's ambassador to the US and former federal treasurer Joe Hockey represented Australia at the inauguration.
"In a terrific location for this extraordinary event," Hockey tweeted with photos showing his seat to the left of where Trump was sworn in.
Following his inauguration, Donald Trump has taken over the President of the United States (POTUS) Twitter account.
The @POTUS Twitter account returned initially to zero followers when the switchover took place and had no tweets on its timeline.
In a statement, the social network said the account, along with the @FLOTUS - representing new First Lady Melania Trump - and @WhiteHouse accounts would eventually retain their previous follower counts.
The President's profile description reads: "45th President of the United States.
"Working on behalf of the American people to make our country great again."
The handover was marked by a new profile photo of Trump, alongside a header photo of United States flags.
After some on Twitter pointed out that the banner photo appeared to be taken from an image of Barack Obama's second inauguration, the picture was then changed to a generic American flag.
All tweets sent by the former US President and First Lady have moved to the newly created handles @POTUS44 and @FLOTUS44.
The new accounts will be maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), who will preserve all material from Obama's presidency.
The Obamas can still be followed on their personal handles @BarackObama and @MichelleObama.
The Facebook and Instagram accounts once used by Obama and his team will now be used by the new White House.
An archive of White House content posted during Obama's eight years, including on Medium, Tumblr, and YouTube, will continue to be accessible to the public on Obama White House channels.
Meanwhile, all content from the official White House Website, WhiteHouse.gov, has also been moved to ObamaWhiteHouse.gov.
Meanwhile, Former president Barack Obama greeted Twitter followers from his personal handle on the social media platform.
"Hi everybody! Back to the original handle. Is this thing still on?" Obama joked in a tweet sent about four hours after leaving office. "Michelle and I are off on a quick vacation, then we'll get back to work."
Obama said he wanted to hear what people were thinking about "the road ahead" and asks them to share their ideas at @BarackObama.
He also welcomed his Twitter followers to the Obama Foundation, saying: "I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to create change - but in yours."