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By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump began the ceremonial events leading up to his swearing-in later on Friday as the 45th president of the United States, when he will take power over a divided country after a bitter campaign and set the country on a new, uncertain path at home and abroad. Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, will take the oath of office at midday (1700 GMT) outside the domed U.S. Capitol, with U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. "It all begins today!" Trump, a Republican, wrote in a note on Twitter at about 7:30 a.m. "I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The main attraction, Solange Knowles, didn't hit the stage until close to midnight, but the 3,000 or so enthusiastic guests packed into the National Museum of African American History and Culture weren't going anywhere.