Donald Trump takes up role as 45th US president

Donald Trump has said he is honoured to be serving the "great American people", as he takes up the mantle of the 45th President of the United States.

One of his first jobs after formally taking office was to sign an executive order on Obamacare.

Later he visited the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia where, in a speech to CIA officers, he berated the media saying they had purposefully played down the number of people who attended his inauguration ceremony.

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Talks begin to move US embassy in Israel

The US embassy in Tel Aviv Credit: AP

The White House is in the early stages of talks to fulfill President Donald Trump's pledge to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Spokesman Sean Spicer said: "We are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject."

Washington's embassy is in Tel Aviv, as are most foreign diplomatic posts.

Israel calls Jerusalem its eternal capital, but Palestinians also lay claim to the city as part of an eventual Palestinian state.

Both sides cite biblical, historical and political claims.

A move would likely spark anger in the Arab world.


Trump 'should be ashamed' says former CIA director

Mr Trump spoke to CIA officers at their headquarters in Langley Credit: AP

John Brennan, the former CIA director, has said that President Donald Trump "should be ashamed of himself" for his behavior at CIA headquarters.

Mr Trump spoke to CIA officers on Saturday while standing in front of the memorial for fallen CIA agents, using the opportunity to berate journalists over their estimates of the size of the crowd at his inauguration.

A statement released by Mr Brennan's former aide Nick Shapiro said that Mr Brennan "is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump's despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA's Memorial Wall of Agency heroes".

"Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself," Mr Shapiro said.


President Trump to meet 'first foreign leader' next week

The White House confirmed the PM will meet Mr Trump next week Credit: AP

Donald Trump will meet his first foreign leader next week and that person appears set to be Britain's Theresa May.

The White House confirmed the prime minister's visit, but the date of her meeting with the new US president was unclear.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters: "The president will welcome his first foreign leader this Thursday when the United Kingdom's Theresa May will come to Washington on Friday."

Mr Spicer was not immediately available to clarify whether the meeting would be on Thursday or Friday, and there was no immediate comment from Downing Street of the meeting.

Petition for Trump to release tax return merits response

Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns until an audit is complete. Credit: AP

An online petition demanding the release of President Donald Trump's full tax returns has attracted enough signatures to require a White House response.

The petition, created on Inauguration Day, was signed by more than 135,000 people by midday on Saturday.

Under rules by former President Barack Obama, a petition needs 100,000 signatures within 30 days to get a response from the government.

Trump has refused to release the tax returns until the IRS completes an audit.

It is unclear whether Trump's White House will respond.

Trump tells CIA: I am so behind you

Donald Trump at the CIA headquarters Credit: APTN

Donald Trump has told the US intelligence service: "I am so behind you."

On his first full day in office, Mr Trump said the CIA has been "restrained" in the past and not "used the real abilities" available to them.

He added that the CIA are "really special amazing people", and that "very few people could do" their job.

Speaking to 400 employees at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, he reiterated a key campaign promise and said: "We have to get rid of Islamic State.

"Radical Islamic terrorism has to be eradicated - this is evil."

His speech follows repeated and sharp public criticism of the CIA before and after the election.

Trump challenged their conclusions that Russia attempted to influence the election to help him win.

Mexico's President to meet Trump 'in near future'

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto told President Trump he wanted an open dialogue. Credit: AP

Mexico's President and President Donald Trump have agreed to meet in the near future, a statement from Enrique Pena Nieto's office said.

Speaking on the telephone on Saturday, Pena Nieto told Trump the country wants an open dialogue with their northern neighbours, the statement said.

Both leaders expressed confidence that it would bring good results for both countries, it added.

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