Trump: 'The Date January 20, 2017 Will Be Remembered...'

Susan Jones | January 20, 2017 | 12:55pm EST
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Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Melania Trump looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

( - "What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people," Donald Trump told the nation in his first remarks as president.

"January 20th, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again."

As the crowd cheered, Trump promised, "The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."

"Everyone is listening to you now," Trump said, referring to the "historic movement" that culminated in his election.

"At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.

These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public."

Trump said too many people live in a different reality. He mentioned "mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities"; rusted out factories; and an education system "flush with cash" that deprives "young and beautiful students" of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

“This American carnage stops right her and stops right now,” he said.

For the record, CNN's Jake Tapper described Trump's speech as "radical," yet similar to what he's been saying on the campaign trail.

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