January 20, 2017 / 6:34 PM / 3 years ago

Trump takes first actions on Cabinet, declares day of patriotism: spokesman

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd during the Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S. January 20, 2017. REUTERS\Saul Loeb\Pool

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump took his first official actions as U.S. president on Friday, sending his Cabinet nominations to the Senate and calling for a national day of patriotism, his spokesman said.

Trump, who was sworn into office earlier on Friday, also signed into a law a waiver to allow Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, to serve, Sean Spicer said.

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chris Reese

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