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Photos: On the ground at Trump's inaugural

WASHINGTON D.C. — Under dreary skies with a modest audience, Donald J. Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States as he vowed to take an "America first" approach.

In his inaugural address, President Trump promised to bring jobs back to America, restimulate our economy by ending "American carnage" and give power back to the American people.

Opinions of the new president varied widely among the thousands gathered on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol to witness the inauguration.

"America has just been America and not the United States of America," said Lauren Haskell of Fredericksburg, Va. "It seems like [Trump] is going to fix that and I think he's going to bring us closer together."

Glimpses of Hillary and Bill Clinton prompted chants of "lock her up!" from the audience of an estimated 250-300,000, paling in comparison to the crowd at President Barack Obama's first inaugural address, which was attended by 1.8 million in 2009.

Nearly 100 protesters were arrested across downtown D.C. throughout the day for disrupting the inaugural parade route and damaging property. The Women's March on Washington will follow on Saturday, expected to draw hundreds of thousands protesters from across the country.

"I'm really happy that people are marching tomorrow to show the government that the people are watching and holding the government accountable," said Courtney Niegoski of Tucson. "I think it's incredible that so many people from all different cities and states have come together to peacefully experience this historic moment."

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Courtney Niegoski of Tucson smiles for a photograph in front of the U.S. Capitol before the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington D.C. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. 'I'm very grateful to live in a country where there is a peaceful transition of power from one party to another, said Niegoski.