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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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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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