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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Canadian PM offers congratulations to President Trump

Justin Trudeau spoke to President Trump about trade. Credit: AP

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to US President Donald Trump on Saturday and congratulated him on his inauguration, his office said in a statement.

The Prime Minister and the President reiterated the importance of the Canada-United States bilateral relationship, and discussed various areas of mutual interest.

The Prime Minister noted the depth of the Canada US economic relationship, with 35 states having Canada as their top export destination.

– Canadian Prime Minister's Office

Theresa May to meet President Trump this week

Prime Minister Theresa May Credit: PA

Prime Minister Theresa May will meet President Donald Trump this week, a White House official has confirmed.

It comes after Mrs May congratulated Mr Trump on taking office as US president - and said she looked forward to meeting him in Washington.

Speaking after the inauguration, Mrs May said: "From our conversations to date, I know we are both committed to advancing the special relationship between our two countries and working together for the prosperity and security of people on both sides of the Atlantic.

"I look forward to discussing these issues and more when we meet in Washington."

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Trump and family attend multi-faith prayer service

Donald and Melania Trump stand with Mike and Karen Pence Credit: APTN

Donald Trump has opened his first full day in office by attending a multi-faith prayer service.

The President arrived with Melania and sat next to Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen at the Washington National Cathedral.

Prayers are being led by representatives of multiple faiths including various forms of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.

Later today, Mr Trump is expected to visit the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia - an agency he criticised after it concluded Russia was involved in hacking emails to interfere in the presidential election.

Trump starts making his mark as president

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Richard Pallot

Less than 24 hours after taking office President Trump has begun dismantling one of the flagship policies of his predecessor.

He's signed an executive order limiting so-called Obamacare - the law which provides cheap medical care for workers.

But first, he danced the night away at three celebration balls in Washington.

Merkel: Trump 'made convictions clear' in speech

Merkel reacts to Trump's inauguration speech Credit: PA Images

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel says Donald Trump 'made his convictions clear' in his inauguration speech.

When asked about America's new president's swearing-in on January 20, she said that transatlantic relations 'will not be less important in coming years'.

Merkel added she will 'always seek compromise', in her reaction to Mr Trump's speech.

Sources claim that while the inauguration was happening in Washington DC, the German leader attended the opening of an art museum in Potsdam, Germany.

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Putin ready to meet Trump 'in coming months'

Russian President Vladimir Putin Credit: AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet President Trump but preparations for the possible meeting may take months, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.

"This will not be in coming weeks, let's hope for the best - that the meeting will happen in the coming months," Peskov told the BBC, according to TASS.

Johnson 'positive and optimistic' of trade deal with Trump

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he's "positive and optimistic" the policies set out by President Donald Trump in his inauguration speeches will be good for the UK.

Speaking in Myanmar, Mr Johnson said he was "very optimistic" a trade deal could be done quickly with the new president, once Britain had left the European Union.

In his inaugural speech, Mr Trump said he would put "America first", but Mr Johnson said any deal with the US would have "to work for the UK as well."

He says: "I think that the new president has made it very clear that he wants to put Britain at the front of the line for a new trade deal and obviously that's extremely exciting and important."

President Trump: 'God was looking down on us'

President Donald Trump greeted the audience at the first of Friday's three inauguration balls with a resounding "we did it".

Before dancing to 'My Way' with First Lady Melania, the president told his supporters at the Liberty Ball that "today had been a great day".

He said: "People who weren't so nice to me, said we did a really good job."

"We began this journey and they said that we, we, and me, didn't have a chance. But we knew we were going to win," he continued.

Referring to the rain holding off during the inauguration, Mr Trump said: "It was like God was looking down on us."

He said: "And now the work begins. There are no games. We are not playing games.

"We're going to be producing results."

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