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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer slammed the media in a statement to the press on his first day on the job, accusing news organizations of falsely reporting that fewer people attended Donald Trump's inauguration than attended previous inaugurations, claiming that photographs were “intentionally framed” to make the crowds appear smaller.

Spicer was disputing reports -- based largely on photographic evidence -- that the crowd gathered at Trump's inauguration was not as large as the crowd for President Obama's inauguration in 2009.

He refused to take questions from reporters but displayed a photo that he said accurately portrayed the number of Americans on the National Mall Friday.

The photograph he showed was a non-aerial shot, taken from behind the podium, looking out at the crowds. Aerial photographs of the two inaugurations run Friday, taken from the same viewpoint but taken an hour apart on the respective days, showed a distinct difference in the number of people in attendance.

The Washington, D.C., Metro system was less inundated Friday morning than it was during Obama's first inauguration. As of 11 a.m. ET, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said it had recorded 193,000 trips, compared with the 513,000 trips taken up to that time on Jan. 20, 2009. Some 317,000 trips were taken by 11 a.m. ET on Obama’s second inauguration on Jan. 21, 2013, the government agency said.

Spicer called the media "irresponsible" and said attempts to downplay the significance of the inauguration were "shameful and wrong."

He said new security measures slowed access to the National Mall.

"This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past," he said.

According to law enforcement officials ABC News spoke with during the inauguration, the checkpoints and magnetometers were cleared of all lines before the inauguration ceremony began, and by the time the event started, there were no lines.

"The security perimeter for this inauguration was extended due to lessons learned and world events. Security fencing was placed around the National Mall this inauguration. There were seven access points where bag checks only were conducted," a U.S. Secret Service spokesperson said.

Those checkpoints on the National Mall -- the non-ticketed area -- had no magnetometers and were manned by TSA, Park Police and U.S. Secret Service personnel, who checked bags.

For the ticketed section this year, additional magnetometers were added to screen more people in less time, law enforcement officials said.

There were no significant problems with the flow of people through security checkpoints for this event according to officials, and attendees were cleared in time for the event.

In 2009, several thousand ticketed attendees were trapped in the 3rd Street tunnel -- the so-called "purple tunnel of doom" -- unable to get cleared through security in time to see the swearing-in.

The National Park Service, which operates and maintains the National Mall, does not release official crowd estimates. District of Columbia officials have said that 1.8 million people attended Obama's 2009 inauguration and close to 1 million attended his second in 2013.

Before Friday's festivities, federal and District of Columbia officials estimated 700,000 to 900,000 people would attend Trump's inauguration. The D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency said it was planning for 800,000 to 900,000 people to attend the inauguration.

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MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump in his first official visit to a federal agency since the inauguration went to CIA headquarters in Virginia Saturday where he assured the 400 or so CIA staff in attendance that he supports them "a thousand percent.”

"Very, very few people could do the job you people do, and I want to just let you know, I am so behind you," Trump said. "I know maybe sometimes you haven't gotten the backing that you've wanted, and you're going to get so much backing.”

Trump was accompanied to the meeting by his nominee to head the agency, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo; his national security adviser, Gen. Mike Flynn; and Vice President Mike Pence.

“I believe that this group is going to be one of the most important groups in this country toward making us safe, toward making us winners again, toward ending all of the problems,” Trump said to the assembled group.

The president’s visit comes in the wake of a recent war of words between Trump and intelligence officials over the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia used hacking to interfere with the U.S. presidential election and to help elect Trump.

However, Trump said Saturday that any notion of disagreements between him and the intelligence community was due to false portrayals by the media.

“I can only say that I am with you a thousand percent, and the reason you're my first stop is, that as you know, I have a running war with the media,” Trump said. “And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community.”

While still president-elect, Trump went so far as to publicly suggest in a tweet last weekend that John Brennan, then-head of the CIA, was involved in leaking an unverified dossier alleging that Russia holds compromising information on Trump. He has also forcefully denounced the unverified allegations in the dossier as false.

Trump’s tweet about Brennan came after the then-CIA chief said in Fox News interview on Jan. 15 that Trump “does not fully” understand the threat of Russia and cautioned Trump to be “very disciplined” in what he posts to his Twitter. Later that day, in response to Brennan's interview, Trump pointed the finger at Brennan, asking on Twitter: "Was this the leaker of Fake News?"

Trump later acknowledged in a Fox News interview on Jan. 18 that he accepted Brennan’s assertion that he was not responsible for the leak of the unverified dossier.

But, the new president's harsh views of the intelligence community go further back.

When on Dec. 9 the Washington Post reported that the CIA said the Russians had directed computer hacking during the U.S. election to help Trump win, the Trump transition team released a statement slamming the spy agency -- "these are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction." Trump's nominee for CIA director, Mike Pompeo, however, expressed a different view during his recent Senate confirmation hearing, telling the Senate Intelligence Committee it was "pretty clear" Russia was behind the hacks.

"It's pretty clear about what took place, about Russian involvement in efforts to hack information and have an impact on American democracy," Rep. Mike Pompeo said last week. "It is something that America needs to take seriously."

And, Trump himself acknowledged in a press conference Jan. 11 that Russia was probably behind the election hacking. "As far as hacking, I think it was Russia," Trump said.

Trump praised Pompeo on Saturday, “I met him and I said, ‘He is so good.’ Number one in his class at West Point. I know a lot about West Point, and I'm a person that very strongly believes in academics.”

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Bob Levey/Telemundo via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former President George H.W. Bush will remain in the intensive care unit of a Texas hospital for the next few days while his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, could be discharged Sunday, family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.

George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized at Houston Methodist Hospital since Jan. 14. He was transferred to the intensive care unit Wednesday for "an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia," McGrath said in a statement at the time.

The 92-year-old former president underwent a procedure “to protect and clear his airway that required sedation,” the statement said.

Although he's in stable condition, George H.W. Bush will remain in the ICU "for observation for a few more days," according to McGrath.

"President Bush is breathing well without any mechanical assistance, his spirits are high, and he is looking forward to getting back to a regular schedule," McGrath said. "In fact, he called his office last night at 6:30 p.m. to check in on his staff."

Barbara Bush, 91, entered the same medical center last Wednesday as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing. She was being treated for bronchitis, according to McGrath.

The former first lady had not been feeling well for a couple of weeks but is resting comfortably, the family's spokesman said.

"Following another good night’s rest, President and Mrs. Bush have both continued to improve over the past 24 hours," McGrath said. "Mrs. Bush could possibly be discharged from Houston Methodist Hospital tomorrow."

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JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration's interior design changes to the Oval Office came into view for the first time Friday when the newly inaugurated president invited the press in as he signed his first executive order.

Gone are the deep red curtains that hung in the office during the Obama presidency, replaced by bright gold curtains reminiscent of Trump’s apartment inside Trump Tower.

Also gone is a rug from the Obama era that featured quotes from leaders including Martin Luther King Jr. and four former presidents.

The rug seen in the Oval Office on Friday appears to match the rug designed by Laura Bush during her husband’s administration. George W. Bush was said to have requested a design that expressed his spirit of optimism, and the rug features a sunburst with gold and yellow tones.

The design changes that came on Trump's first day as president will likely be followed by further alterations and upgrades to the Oval Office as Trump settles in. One of Trump’s most significant change to the Oval Office so far could be his decision to bring a bust of Winston Churchill back into the office. Obama drew scrutiny from Great Britain’s nationalist UKIP Party when he replaced the bust of Churchill with a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. during his administration.

The controversy over Obama’s decision reached its peak last April when Obama visited the U.K. and penned an op-ed urging Britain to reject Brexit, a referendum that the country's voters ultimately approved, signaling their wish to exit the European Union.

Obama’s op-ed drew a response from Boris Johnson, now U.K. Foreign Minister, in which he suggested Obama removed the bust because it "is a symbol of the part-Kenyan president's ancestral dislike of the British Empire."

Obama responded in a press conference that he believed featuring the Martin Luther King Jr. bust in the Oval Office was important “as the first African American president” and that he had moved the Churchill bust to a room nearby where he saw it daily.

Trump met with Nigel Farage, the former leader of UKIP, just days after winning the presidency last November. Farage tweeted after their meeting at Trump Tower that the two had discussed the bust of Churchill.

Especially pleased at @realDonaldTrump's very positive reaction to idea that Sir Winston Churchill's bust should be put back in Oval Office.

— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) November 12, 2016

The bust of Martin Luther King Jr. has stayed so far in Trump’s Oval Office. Trump spokesman Sean Spicer tweeted on Friday a photo of the bust taken by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

Thanks to White House Chief of Staff for this wonderful picture of the MLK bust in the oval

— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) January 21, 2017

Trump also kept in the Oval Office the Resolute Desk that has been used by presidents for decades, including Obama’s entire administration. Trump sat behind the desk Friday -- with his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, Vice President Mike Pence and others by his side -- as he signed an executive order targeting "Obamacare" and signed commissions for the newly confirmed Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

The changes to the Oval Office are one part of the transition of the White House from one first family to the next. The incoming president and first lady also have free reign to redecorate their private residence on the second and third floors of the White House.

Any changes to historic rooms like the Lincoln Bedroom and Queen's Bedroom must be approved by the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.

"One of the most wonderful things about the White House is that it's a living museum, steeped in history but it's constantly evolving," Anita McBride said, former chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush, told "Good Morning America."

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, has been approved to work in the Trump administration as an unpaid adviser, the Justice Department announced on Saturday. The early morning memo said that Kushner's appointment would not violate federal anti-nepotism laws, despite concerns about ethical gray areas.

“We conclude that section 3110 [of the U.S. Code] does not bar this appointment,” according to the 14-page memo from the Justice Department. "We believe that the President’s special hiring authority in 3 U.S.C. § 105(a) permits him to make appointments to the White House Office that the anti-nepotism statute might otherwise forbid."

Public officials cannot appoint, employ or advocate for family members for roles in their administrations. The laws, however, apply specifically to government agencies, like the Department of Homeland Security or the Treasury. Kushner’s role as an adviser within the White House would not fall into this category.

According to Josh Chafetz, a professor at Cornell Law School and an expert in constitutional law and legislative procedure, the White House is not regulated in the same way as other administrative agencies.

“The bigger issue for the administration is not so much about the technical bounds of these nepotism laws, but it just looks bad,” Chafetz said. “I don’t think there’s anything legal that can be done in terms of the appointment. It just looks like there’s a pattern of cronyism that has emerged, especially in conjunction with the cabinet appointments.”

The anti-nepotism laws were originally passed in response to President John F. Kennedy’s appointment of his brother Robert as attorney general. They later prevented President Jimmy Carter from hiring his son as a White House intern during his administration.

For presidential advisers without explicit roles, there are no legal restrictions. When family members serve specific roles, however, it becomes more complicated.

Hillary Clinton, for example, famously went to D.C. Circuit Court in 1993 for her appointment to President Bill Clinton’s Task Force on National Health Care Reform. The court ruled that the White House and the Executive Office of the President were not subject to the anti-nepotism laws because they were not technically agencies.

Kushner, who has an estimated net worth of $1.8 billion, will forgo a salary in his new role. He is subject, however, to conflict of interest laws that do not apply to the president. Kushner owns the New York Observer as well as investment fund Kushner Companies, and has promised to resign and cut ties with his business empire. He will "divest substantial assets" by selling them or placing them into trusts held by family members, and "abide by federal rules requiring impartiality," according to a statement released by Jamie Gorelick, his attorney and partner at law firm WilmerHale.

The president has previously expressed interest in having his son-in-law work on issues involving the Middle East, praising him as a "tremendous asset." Already working within his new role, Kushner was photographed in the oval office Friday night as Trump signed the first executive order of his presidency.

"He has been incredibly successful, in both business and now politics," the president said of Kushner in a release earlier this month announcing the new role. "He will be an invaluable member of my team."

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US Department of the Interior(WASHINGTON) -- The Interior Department reactivated its official Twitter accounts after coming under fire for retweeting posts on Friday that could be seen as critical to President Donald Trump.

The department’s National Park Service apologized for the retweets in a post Saturday.

"We regret the mistaken RTS," the National Park Service said.

We regret the mistaken RTs from our account yesterday and look forward to continuing to share the beauty and history of our parks with you

— NationalParkService (@NatlParkService) January 21, 2017

A spokesman for the National Park Service told the Washington Post in an email that the retweeting was “inconsistent with the agency’s approach to engaging the public through social media.”

“The Department of Interior’s communications team determined that it was important to stand down Twitter activity across the Department temporarily, except in the case of public safety,” Thomas Crosson, the spokesman, said in an email.

The first retweet linked to an Esquire article pointing out that the official White House website had removed policy pages on climate change, civil rights and health care. The second retweet was a side-by-side photo comparison of the size of Trump's inauguration crowd compared to Obama's inauguration crowd in 2009 that had been originally tweeted by a New York Times reporter. The National Park Service does not release official crowd estimates for permitted events.

Both retweets were removed from the National Park Service's Twitter account and the agency announced to employees that they were temporarily suspended for the most part from posting to the main Twitter account.

According to the Washington Post, an email was sent out Friday that directed all bureaus and the department to shut down Twitter platforms "immediately upon further notice."

The email urging the shutdown was sent by an Interior Department career official, not a new White House staffer or someone from the Trump transition team, according to an Interior Department official.

"Out of an abundance of caution, while we investigated the situation involving these tweets, the Department's communications team determined that it was important to stand down Twitter activity across the Department temporarily, except in the case of public safety," the statement from an Interior Department official said.

The statement confirmed that the various Twitter accounts for its 10 bureaus will resume as normal.

"Now that social media guidance has been clarified, the Department and its bureaus should resume Twitter engagement as normal this weekend," the statement read. "With the exception of social media posts on the Secretary's policy priorities, which will be outlined upon confirmation."

ABC News was not able to independently confirm the email.

Trump's nominee for interior secretary, Rep. Ryan Zinke, will testify in his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) --  The day after his swearing-in, President Donald Trump will participate in an age-old inaugural tradition.

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are attending an interfaith prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral - a tradition that dates back to George Washington.

A statement released from the presidential inaugural committee announced that over two dozen religious leaders from different faiths will be joining the services.

"The interfaith ceremony will be in keeping with the uniting and uplifting inaugural events," the statement read.

The group of 26 leaders includes Dr. Alveda King, a niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, and Cleveland Pastor Darrell Scott, who led the National Diversity Coalition for Trump's campaign and was later named a vice chair of Trump's transition team.

Following the service, Trump is expected to visit the CIA's headquarters in Virginia along with his nominee for CIA director, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo.

“The president wants to meet with the workforce and communicate he values their service,” a government official told pool reporters.

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CRISTINA ALDEHUELA/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  Washington is preparing for its second big day in a row as upwards of 200,000 people are expected to gather in the capital for the Women's March.

The rally and ensuing march come the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

The inauguration drew hundreds of thousands of attendees on Friday in spite of wet weather forecasts, and today's drier forecast should stop any such problems for those who are traveling to Washington for the event today.

 A number of high-profile speakers are expected to address those at the rally, including Gloria Steinem, Planned Parenthood's president Cecile Roberts, and director Michael Moore.

The march and rally in Washington is one of a series of similar marches that are scheduled in major cities across the country.

D.C. police will be out in full force, as they were on Friday where there were some protests that broke out during the inauguration, which became violent at times. More than 200 people were arrested for various reasons on Friday.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the first Democratic Address after President Trump's inauguration, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) talked about his party recommitting to working families.

“First, we are going to recommit ourselves to a set of principles that have always been at the core of our party, what my friend Sen. Ted Kennedy called 'economic justice,'" Schumer said. "Sticking up for working families; economic fairness for the American worker; opportunity and prosperity for the middle class and those trying to reach it."

He mentioned the Democratic Party would work with Republicans if the GOP pursued "policies that help Americans and are consistent with our values." But Schumer said Democrats would "fight them tooth and nail" on proposals cutting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or cutting back on laws that "[keep] Wall Street in check."

"When they try to rush through a Cabinet full of billionaires and bankers without proper vetting, when they try to rip affordable health care away from tens of millions of Americans and have no plan to help these folks, then Democrats will fight them with every fiber of our being -- as we’re doing right now," he said. "And what we will always do is hold the President accountable."

President Trump did not issue a weekly address. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the first presidential address will take place next week.

Read the full Democratic address:
Yesterday, our country took part in a tradition that is a cornerstone of our democratic system of government, the peaceful and orderly transfer of power. The ceremony also offered Americans a chance to hear their new President articulate his vision for the country.
Today, in a conversation with you, the American people, I want to share the Democratic Party’s vision, and how we will work to advance it in this New Year and the new Congress.
First, we are going to recommit ourselves to a set of principles that have always been at the core of our party, what my friend Senator Ted Kennedy called “economic justice.” Sticking up for working families; economic fairness for the American worker; opportunity and prosperity for the middle class and those trying to reach it.
Those principles will be our North Star. We will follow them; we will fight for them. And, Second, we shall fulfill our solemn Constitutional duty to hold the other branches of our government accountable. It is not our job to be a rubber stamp. It is our job to do what’s best for the American people. That’s why we were elected.
So to the extent that the President and Republicans in Congress pursue policies that help Americans and are consistent with our values – on issues like infrastructure, trade, and closing the carried interest loophole, for instance –  we stand ready and willing to work with them.
But if they propose policies that will hurt Americans, cut their Medicare, or Medicaid, or Social Security; if they roll back consumer protections or our laws that keep Wall Street in check…
If they want to wind back protections for clean air and clean water… Then Democrats are going to fight them tooth and nail. When they try to rush through a Cabinet full of billionaires and bankers without proper vetting…When they try to rip affordable health care away from tens of millions of Americans and have no plan to help these folks…Then Democrats will fight them with every fiber of our being -- as we’re doing right now. And what we will always do is hold the President accountable.
Accountable to the working people, to whom he promised so much, and accountable to the people of all colors and creeds and sexual orientations in this country, for whom he is President.
And perhaps most importantly, accountable to the law. Democrats will make this year’s Congress an “Accountability Congress.” The President ran against the establishment of both parties. He promised to change the way America operates: to oppose elites, drain the swamp, and pay attention to working families.
But since the election, he seems to have forgotten that. His cabinet is stacked with billionaires, corporate executives, titans of Wall Street, and those deeply embedded in Washington’s corridors of power. Too many support the same, hard-right, doctrinaire positions that many in the Republican Party have held for years – policies that the American people have repeatedly rejected.
We are already working to hold him accountable for that. We Democrats can’t control what the President or Republicans in Congress do. We can only control what we do.
And what we’re going to do is keep the faith; hold true to our values and our principles and fight for them…and always, always, hold the President and his party accountable.
It is an immense responsibility, but we will meet it with energy and passion -- and a commitment to continue having a conversation with you, the American people, every step of the way.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- During his inaugural address, President Donald Trump made a number of claims about the state of the nation as he takes office.

Trump echoed themes from his campaign, painting a bleak picture of some aspects of American life, but also offering his presidency as a way forward for those who he says have been forgotten.

ABC News dug into his inaugural address and broke down the facts behind some of Trump's claims.

Trump: "For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.”

Question: Has the U.S. enriched foreign business and hurt its own?

Answer: This is difficult to quantify and experts disagree on the issue. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the number of manufacturing jobs has declined since the late 1990s (although they have rebounded slightly since 2010). And data from the U.S. International Trade Commission shows the U.S. negative trade balance with China growing significantly over the last decade. Still, the correlation between trade agreements that Trump disapproves of -- NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- and the economy is disputed by experts.

Question: Has the U.S. subsidized other countries' militaries while depleting its own?

Answer: It is true that the United States government provides military assistance to some foreign allies (around $5.6 billion in 2015, much of which goes to Israel). But it is difficult to argue that the U.S. military is “depleted,” given the U.S. defense budget is larger than any other department in government ($582.7 billion in 2017, although spending has fluctuated under President Obama). Defense sequestration mandated under the Budget Control Act of 2011 created a dip in spending, as did the withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, but in 2016 defense spending actually went up from 2015. Some of the cuts in manpower were related to sequestration, which Gen. Daniel Allyn, vice chief of staff of the Army last year called "our No. 1 readiness risk." Those mandatory cuts, combined with the post-war era, led Obama’s military to decide it had to shrink the Army to 450,000 by the end of 2018. The Army reached its highest force level of President Barack Obama's tenure in 2011 -- 570,000. The word “depletion” is subjective.

Trump described "an education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge."

Question: Is the education system financially "flush with cash?"

Answer: According to the Department of Education, expenditures on elementary and secondary schools in the United States totaled $620 billion in the 2012-13 school year. Spending per student has increased 5 percent over the last decade -- $10,455 to $11,011 spent on the operations of schools, adjusted for inflation, according to the agency. But over the last five years, operations spending has dropped roughly $500 per student, according to the department. The American people invest slightly more of the country's GDP in education compared to the 35 member nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the agency says. The United States spends 6.4 percent of its GDP on education vs. an average of 5.3 percent for comparable nations. The U.S. is the fifth-highest spending among those almost three dozen comparable countries.

Question: How do our students rank compared to others around the world?

Answer: The Program for International Student Assessment has measured the performance of American students compared to those in other countries. The U.S. average score in mathematics was lower than the average for all countries in the 35 member nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development -- ranked behind 29 of the 35 comparable member countries. The country's science and reading scores were average among nations of the organization -- ranked behind 13 and 19 of the 35 comparable countries respectively, according to the Department of Education.

Trump: "And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential."

Question: Is crime going up or down?

Answer: Crime did increase slightly nationwide from 2015 to 2016, according to data from the FBI, but it's been trending down for the last couple of decades. According to data from the Bureau of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey, the rate of both violent crime and property crime has declined dramatically since the early 1990's. The number of arrests for drug-related crime has also decreased over the last decade, from 1.8 million arrests in 2007 to 1.5 million arrests in 2015, according to data from the FBI. Still, Chicago ended 2016 with the city's highest number of homicides in two decades -- averaging more than two per day. Shootings in the city nearly doubled since 2013 to roughly 10 per day, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Trump: "We’ve defended other nation's borders while refusing to defend our own."

Question: How much foreign military assistance does the U.S. give?

Answer: In 2015, the U.S. gave $5.65 billion in foreign military assistance, according to the State Department. Over $3 billion of the fiscal year 2015 foreign military assistance went to Israel, with the remaining funds distributed among nations all over the world, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America, the State Department said.

Question: What about defending our borders?

Answer: The U.S. spends $18 billion a year on border control -- more spent on agents, technology, and weapons than ever before, according to analysis from the Immigration Policy Institute. Some 700 miles of fence already exist along the 2,000-mile southern border, compared to only 77 in 2000, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The government has also has more than 11,000 underground sensors, 107 aircraft, 175 mobile surveillance units and 273 remote video surveillance cameras, allowing the border patrol to monitor more effectively, according to the National Immigration Forum and Department of Homeland Security. There are more than 8,000 cameras watching the border wall, watching the ports of entry and watching above from helium balloons.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate confirmed two of President Donald Trump's cabinet nominees Friday just hours after his swearing in, and scheduled a third confirmation vote next Monday.

In a 98-1 vote, the Senate confirmed retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as Trump's secretary of Defense, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, opposing his nomination and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, Trump's pick for attorney general, not voting.

Later Friday evening, the Senate also approved Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security in a vote of 88-11.

Trump, in his first White House statement, said he was "pleased" by the confirmation votes on the two top national security positions.

"These uniquely qualified leaders will immediately begin the important work of rebuilding our military, defending our nation and securing our borders. I am proud to have these two American heroes join my administration," he said.

Eight years ago, the Senate cleared seven of President Obama's nominees on his first day in office, and 13 by the end of the first week.

The votes on Trump's national security team came as a trio of Senate Democrats threatened to hold up a confirmation vote on Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. As top congressional leaders mingled at a lunch shortly after Trump's swearing in, top Senate Republicans and Democrats were still wrangling over when to bring Pompeo's nomination to the Senate floor.

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut and Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, demanded more time to debate Pompeo's nomination.

Republicans chafed at Democrats' comments on the first day of a new administration.

"Why the hell can't we just go ahead and give the president his national security team?" said Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, on the Senate floor.

The Senate will hold additional debate and vote on Pompeo's confirmation Monday, after holding a procedural vote Friday. The Senate cleared that measure in a 89-8 vote.

Several Senate panels will vote on Trump's nominees next week, including Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, has not said if he'll support Tillerson, and could be a deciding vote against the nomination in committee.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Minutes after President Donald J. Trump was sworn into office, the Trump Administration detailed its commitment to an "America First" foreign policy and rebuilding the U.S. military.

Immediately released on the White House website, following Trump’s inaugural address, the "America First Foreign Policy" stated that "peace through strength" will be at the center of Trump’s foreign policy approach to achieve that goal. The Trump administration further stated that, in its commitments to a stronger military, it will "pursue the highest level of military readiness."

The commitments align with Trump’s Friday inaugural address.

"From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first," he said in his speech. "Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families."

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. From this moment on, it’s going to be #AmericaFirst🇺🇸

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2017

"We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism," Trump added.

The White House website also said that the Trump administration aims to work with international partners to cut off funding for terrorist groups, to expand intelligence sharing and to engage in cyberwarfare to disrupt propaganda and recruiting.

"Defeating ISIS" is the administration’s "highest priority," it reads.

In reinforcing a strong military presence, the site said Trump seeks to end the defense sequester -- a mandatory, decade-long cut to defense spending imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 -- and submit a new budget to Congress that outlines a plan to "rebuild the military" and "develop a state-of-the-art missile defense system" as a defense mechanism against missile-based attacks from countries such as Iran and North Korea.

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Subscribe To This Feed -- The White House has a new version of its website and a new leader in President Donald Trump, but he can’t seem to shake an old issue.

The first "We the People" petition to hit the website calls for Trump to release his tax returns. The president became the first in decades not to do so and controversy has swirled over what the documents contain.

The petition, which was created Friday by "A.D.," has garnered around 3,000 signatures, far short of the 100,000 required by Feb. 19 for the White House to potentially review.

"The unprecedented economic conflicts of this administration need to be visible to the American people, including any pertinent documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Donald Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution," the petition said.

A second petition, by "H.B.," which garnered just a couple of hundred signatures, calls for Trump to "divest or put in a blind trust all of the President's business and financial assets."

Experts have told ABC News that Trump may be in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution if he does not adequately separate himself from his businesses.

The Emoluments Clause seeks to prevent U.S. officials from profiting from foreign leaders.

A lawyer for Trump, Sheri Dillon, has said that Trump is not required by the Constitution to take action regarding his businesses, but has signed an agreement to "completely isolate [him] from the management of the company.”

His sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr. will take over the business along with a longtime business executive.

Trump refused to release his tax returns during the presidential campaign because he said he was under audit by the IRS. His team said he paid hundreds of millions of dollars in other taxes in response to a report that he may have avoided paying federal income taxes for 18 years.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration’s version of the website debuted today with an error in the 45th president's biography about his margin of victory in the 2016 election -- a mistake that was corrected a short time later.

The biography stated: "Mr. Trump won the election on November 8 of 2016 in the largest electoral college landslide for a Republican in 30 years."

It was less than 30 years ago, however, that another Republican presidential candidate won the election by a larger Electoral College margin than Trump.

In 1988, George H.W. Bush won with 426 electoral votes compared to Michael Dukakis' 111 electoral votes, a difference of 79.2 percent.

Trump won the 2016 election with 306 votes to Hillary Clinton's 232, a difference of 56.9 percent. He ultimately received 304 electoral votes after two electors defected.

The White House did not formally acknowledge the error but later corrected Trump's biography to read, "Mr. Trump won the election on November 8 of 2016 in the largest electoral college landslide for a Republican in 28 years."

There has been only one Republican president since then -- George W. Bush, who won in 2000 and 2004.

Trump and his team have repeatedly called his victory against Clinton a "landslide." He won the electoral vote, but lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots to Hillary Clinton.

In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016

.@CNN is so embarrassed by their total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton, and yet her loss in a landslide, that they don't know what to do.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016

Trump spoke about his election win during a black-tie dinner Thursday night in Washington, D.C., telling supporters "next time we're going to win the old-fashioned way."

"We're going to win because we did so well because it was so overwhelming," he told the crowd.

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TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, was present at the Capitol for the inauguration of her former election rival, President-elect Donald Trump.

It's customary for former presidents and first ladies to attend the inauguration of a new president. Clinton honored that tradition, arriving with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

On Twitter, Clinton wrote she's at the inauguration to "honor our democracy."

I'm here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values. I will never stop believing in our country & its future. #Inauguration

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 20, 2017

Clinton may be making a statement with her outfit choice Friday, wearing white, the color of the suffragette movement.

The 2016 Democratic nominee wore white during key moments of the campaign, including when she gave her acceptance speech at the DNC in Philadelphia, becoming the first female nominee for president from a major U.S. political party.

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee later attended President Donald Trump's luncheon at the Capitol, where she shook hands with the 45th president.

This was the first contact the two rivals have had since trading jabs at the Alfred E. Smith Dinner held in New York City in October.

President Donald Trump made brief remarks at the luncheon and thanked the Clintons.

"I was very honored, very, very honored when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton was coming today," he said to the room, which filled with applause.

"There's nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people, so thank you all for being here," Trump said.

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