this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 11: donald trump arrives in washington on the eve of his inauguration to become america's 45th president. one of his first official duties, to remember the country's fallen, as his deputy promised early action on pledges made. from ira commander, to key figure in northern ireland's government, martin mcguinness retires from frontline politics. dozens are missing, feared dead, after an avalanche engulfed a hotel for skiers in central italy. at the world economic forum in switzerland, theresa may tells business leaders that britain wants to forge a new role in the world after brexit. good evening, and welcome to bbc news.
donald trump is in washington dc tonight on the eve of his inauguration as 45th president of the united states. the ceremony on capitol hill is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators as mr trump takes the oath of office before taking up residence at the white house. his vice—president, mike pence, said today that the transition team had been working flat out to ensure they'd be ready to implement mr trump's policies. our north america editor, jon sopel, reports from washington. we can go live now to washington dc, where donald trump is attending a "make america great again" concert at lincoln memorial. that is the country singer toby keith there performing in front of the thousands who have gathered. and
now we will go tojon sopel. no longer a plane with trump emblazoned on the side. the president—elect arrived in washington aboard a us military jet, and this is the brand he'll now be promoting, defending, and representing, the united states of america. and though not yet commander—in—chief, it was the first opportunity to practice his salute, as the base commander greeted him and the future first lady, melania. across the city, the future vice—president was thanking the current administration for their help in the transition and reflecting on the magnitude of what's about to unfold. a momentous day before a historic day and i'm pleased to have a chance to report to the american people and all of you the progress that we have made at the president—elect‘s direction. washington is a city in transition. it's out with the old and in with the new as the obamas' possessions are loaded
up and taken away. michelle obama tweeting one last photo from the balcony of her home these past eight years. and a video, one last walk through the house with their sunny and bo. the new tenants pick up the keys tomorrow. today, they were being feted at a lunch, at where else, the trump international hotel. with republican congressional leaders. i want to thank everybody, you have given such great support in this room. but amidst the gladhanding that is part and parcel of any inauguration, there's solemnity too. the nation's future leaders going to arlington cemetery and the tomb of the unknown soldier to pay their respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. trumpet. hundreds of thousands are converging on washington for the inauguration. tonight, a make america great again
concert at one of the nation's most famous monuments, the lincoln memorial. anticipation and expectation are high. since the day he came down that escalator in trump tower, i was on board. i got to sing the national anthem for mr trump five different times at his rallies, so i received an invitation in the mail. he has the chance to be like the next ronald reagan. but not everyone coming to washington is here to laud donald trump. there will be protesters too. the inauguration marks the peaceful transfer of power but it doesn't signify a unified nation. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. donald trump is going to outline his view of the future at his inauguration. he made a pledge to make america great again. nick
brya nt make america great again. nick bryant considers the view from pennsylvania. it is places of decline that make his rise makes sense. it was despondency that helped him get up. this man supported him precisely because he was a billionaire businessman, impressed with how the president—elect has forged through the transition to keep manufacturing jobs in america. we were a manufacturing powerhouse at one point. make america great. maybe that means we will restore that sense of optimism in people. that, yes, tomorrow will be better than today. can donald trump do that? it remains to be seen. but at least he is talking about it. this take on donald trump meant critics took him literally, but not seriously, and
supporters took him seriously, but not literally. they did not necessarily believe everything he said, but he was talking and listening to them. which is why in working class communities, expectations are so high, that he will create manufacturing jobs and reverse industrial decline. we joke about the magic switch. the magic switch? gets. switch it on and the plant is up and running again. he jokes about a magic switch at this steel plant that will bring it back to life. they are not thinking rationally, but with their hearts, not they had. it will lead to a lot of disappointment. —— their heads. they will be discontent because it cannot happen the way they want it to. the industry is not what it was. look what is happening in pittsburgh. uber is testing out its
d riverless pittsburgh. uber is testing out its driverless cars. research laboratory is art creating drones that will deliver the next wave of automation. the irony is during this political season the irony is during this political season although donald trump made the claim that it is foreign trade and outsourcing which is killing jobs, really, by four to and outsourcing which is killing jobs, really, by fourto one, the blame goes to automation. in this age of disruptive technology, donald trump was the ultimate disruptive candidate. making history is one thing. but in these rustbelt places, he will find it hard to fulfil his promises. martin mcguinness, the former ira commander who became a pivotal figure in the political establishment in northern ireland, is to retire from frontline politics. he said he would not be capable of fighting the forthcoming election campaign because of serious heath problems. mr mcguinness‘s political opponents have paid tribute to his commitment to providing stable government
for northern ireland, even when it meant sharing power with his former enemies. we will bring about report soon. but first. this. it was a very special. i have to thank our incredible military talent right here. thank you. stand up, please. thank you very much. applause . thank you. so, thisjourney began 18 months ago. i had something to do with it, but you had much more to do with it, but you had much more to do with it, but you had much more to do with it than i did. i am the messenger. i am just the messenger. and we were tired. and i love you.
believe me, i love you. we all got tired of seeing what was happening. and we wanted change, we wanted real change. i look forward to tomorrow. we are going to see something that is going to be so amazing. so many people have poured into washington dc. this started out tonight being a small, little concert. then we thought, maybe we will do it in front of the lincoln memorial. i don't know if it has been done before, but if it has, very seldom. and people came in their thousands and thousands. and here we are tonight. all the way back. all the way back. it is a movement that began... it is a movement that started... and it is a movement like we have never seen anywhere in the world, they say. there has never been a movement like this. and it is something very, very special. and we
are going to unify our country. and our phrase, you all know it, half of you are wearing the hat, "make america great again." but we are going to make america great for all of our people, everybody. everybody throughout our country. that includes the inner cities. that includes the inner cities. that includes everybody. and we are going to do includes everybody. and we are going todoa includes everybody. and we are going to do a specialjob. and i can only tell you that 18 months ago we never knew a, a lot of people did not know, some people had a feeling, a lot of people did not give us a chance, but we understood what was happening, and that last month of the campaign, when i travelled around to every place that you can imagine, state after state after
state, speech after speech, and we had 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 people. there was never an empty seat, just like tonight. we did not know if anyone was going to come tonight. this has never been done before. it was the same way. and in the last month of the campaign, i think a lot of us knew in the first week of the campaign... but that last month of the campaign, we knew that something special was happening. and i can only tell you this, the polls started going up, up, up. only tell you this, the polls started going up, up, up, but they did not want to give us credit. because they forgot about a lot of us. on the campaign i called it "the
forgotten man and the forgotten woman " forgotten man and the forgotten woman." well you forgotten man and the forgotten woman. " well you are forgotten man and the forgotten woman." well you are not forgotten any more. that i can tell you. so i wa nt to any more. that i can tell you. so i want to thank my great family, my incredible wife, melania. they have been so supportive. and it was not easy for them. but they have been so supportive. i want to thank you, most importantly, and i promise you, i will work so hard. we are going to get it turned around, we are going to bring ourjobs back. we are not going to let other countries take oui’ going to let other countries take ourjobs any longer. we are going to build up ourgreat ourjobs any longer. we are going to build up our great military. we are going to build it up. we are going to strengthen our borders. we are going to do things that have not been done for our country for many,
many decades. it is going to change, i promise you. it is going to change. so, iwill see i promise you. it is going to change. so, i will see you tomorrow. applause. and i don't care, frankly, if it is going to be beautiful, or if it is going to be beautiful, or if it is going to rain like crazy, it makes no difference to me. i have a feeling it is going to be beautiful. but i will see you tomorrow. and i am going to be cheering you on. you are going to be cheering you on. you are going to be cheering me on. but i am going to be cheering me on. but i am going to be cheering you on. because what we have done is so special. all over the world they are talking about it. all over the world. and i love you folks. and we are going to work together. and we are going to... make america great again! and i will
add, greater than ever before. and enjoyed the fireworks. applause. thank you. thank you. the president—elect donald trump on the eve of his inauguration tomorrow addressing some of the crowds there not far from the lincoln memorial. he said he is simply the messenger carrying your message. we are all in this together. we all got tired of seeing what is happening in our country and we all want to change. tomorrow will be amazing, he said. and he went on to remark that it is a movement like we have never seen before, gesturing to the people in front of him. a movement that has been noticed all around the world. we are going to unify our country. no one gave us a chance in winning the election, but we understood what
was happening in the country. and he talked about the many, many hours is spent on the campaign trail, criss—crossing the united states, and getting the views of ordinary voters. he said ordinary people were forgotten in the country but they are not forgotten any more. and he went on to thank the crowd, saying went on to thank the crowd, saying we are going to bring ourjobs back, build up ourgreat we are going to bring ourjobs back, build up our great military, strengthen our borders, we are going to do for our country what has not been done for many, many decades. and the weather forecast tomorrow is forecast for rain, but he said he does not care, it will be a great day. and he told everyone to enjoy the fireworks. better listen in.