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'Trump's inaugural address would be very personal'

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Donald Trump's inaugural address is going to be a "very personal" and sincere statement about his vision for the US, the President-elect's spokesman said today, hours before the historic swearing-in ceremony for the real-estate tycoon here tomorrow noon.

"The (inaugural) speech is going to be a very personal and sincere statement about his vision for the country," the incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at a conference.

"He will discuss what it means to be an American, the challenges that we face as members of the middle class. He'll talk about infrastructure and education, our manufacturing base. I think it's going to be less of an agenda and more of a philosophical document," he said.

As per tradition, Trump, 70, would be sworn-in as the exactly at 12 noon Friday. He would replace as the President of the US.

It is after eight years that the Republican Party has captured the

Immediately after his inauguration, Trump would deliver his address to the nation. According to some media reports, it is expected to last 20 minutes.

Spicer said Trump is still working on the text of his speech.

It will be about his "vision of where he sees the country, the proper role of government and the role of citizens," Spicer told reporters.

Referring to the crowd, he said people are pouring into

Washington by the "thousands and thousands".

He said thousands turned up at the Lincoln Memorial for the "small little concert", which is unique in itself.

He also pointed out that during the last month of the presidential campaign thousands of people participated in his rallies.

Talking about the campaign, Trump said, "it's a movement that began and it's a movement like we have never seen anywhere in the world. There's never been a movement like this. It's very very special".

Noting that a lot of people did not give his campaign much of a chance in the beginning, he said it was clear that something was happening in its last month.

"The polls started going up. They didn't want to give us credit," he said assuring the American people that they will not be "forgotten anymore".

"I will be cheering you on. What we have done, it's so special. All over the world they are talking about it. We are going to make America great again and greater than ever before," Trump said.

As the concert concluded, the Trump family waved to the crowd from the stage before departing from the venue.

Indian-American DJ Ravidrums, who opened the concert with his percussion performance before Trump arrived, took the stage a second time, performing before the President-elect.

The concert was held at the Lincoln Memorial, an imposing historical monument that houses the 170-ton seated statue of the 16th Abraham Lincoln.

The inaugural event began with full American pageantry and patriotic fervor, celebrating the nation's democratic tradition of the peaceful transition of power from one administration to the next.

First Published: Fri, January 20 2017. 01:02 IST