Trump’s aim in his inaugural address: National unity

Inauguration - White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

Having won an angry campaign, and now facing low approval ratings after a tumultuous transition, Trump plans to use his first speech as president to try to soothe tensions, according to aides.

“He wants to continue to talk about issues and areas where he can unite the country — bring it together,” said Trump transition spokesman Sean Spicer.

Trump himself is working on what aides expect to be a relatively short inaugural address — possibly less than 20 minutes — with the help of longtime speechwriter Stephen Miller and other aides. Associates said the president-elect has practiced with podium and teleprompter and can be expected to reference ideas from his campaign such as “America First” and the need to “Make America Great Again.”

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