There will be less pomp, more time for work and more real people included in President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inaugural events, according to the leaders of Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee.
“It’s all about the people,” said Boris Epshteyn, the committee’s director of communications. “It’s not about any one celebrity or any one entertainer or about any of those folks sipping champagne and cocktails somewhere in the Hamptons or in Beverly Hills. It’s about the American people. We’re so proud of the amount of support and outreach we’ve received from all over the country. This inaugural will represent the people. That’s one, and two it’s about getting to work right away.”
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Trump has already sliced the pomp, going from 10 inaugural balls held when President Barack Obama took office in 2009 to only three scheduled for Trump’s Jan 20 inauguration.
The change “is all about getting to work and making sure Americans are safe in their homes, safe in their jobs,” Epshteyn said.
Trump has also shortened the time of the inaugural parade, said Alex Stroman, the committee’s deputy director of communications.
“This is going to be a shorter parade, an hour to hour and a half or so so he can go to work. That’s what the American people elected him to do,” Stroman said.
“To go on with the traditions, he’s going to have a church service, but he’s not going to sit there for hours and then have this parade … he’s going to go into the White House and get some work done before he goes to the balls,” Stroman said.
Stroman said that the Commander-in-Chief Ball, a military-only affair created by former President George W. Bush in 2005, will undergo a major change this year.
“Historically, it’s only been active duty members of the military—specifically enlisted members. This year, we’ve expanded it to include military families, wounded warriors, veterans, and first responders as well,” Stroman said.
“So you’ll have police, firemen, who will all be there. It’ll be a thank you for them for their service to our country,” Stroman added. “This is a president, he’s vowed to be a law and order president. He respects our police, he respects our military, he respects those who put their lives on the line whether it’s firemen or EMTs or police every day. He made that a point throughout his campaign to honor these folks, veterans, military, et cetera, who put their lives on the line for our country. It’s a way to, in one of his first acts as president, to thank those who do that.”
Epshteyn said the change reflects Trump’s philosophy.
” … we’re honoring first responders because those are the people who are the firefighters and in the ambulances, and the police of course—the police who keep us safe—this is to honor them,” he said.
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