By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington turned into a virtual fortress on Thursday ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, with police ready to step in to separate protesters from Trump supporters at any sign of unrest during the festivities. Some 900,000 people, both Trump backers and opponents, are expected to flood Washington for Friday's inauguration ceremony, according to organizers' estimates. On Thursday, police cars lined much of Pennsylvania Avenue, the parade route, as workers unloaded crowd control fences from flatbed trucks, erected barricades and marked off pavement with tape.
By Sinead Carew NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar and U.S. Treasury yields gained on Thursday after a batch of solid U.S. economic data, while U.S. shares slipped as investors remained cautious ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday. Oil futures rallied from one-week lows after the International Energy Agency said crude markets were tightening. The S&P 500's energy index, however, traded lower.
President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the US Treasury on Thursday fended off questions about his role in offshore investment firms and his real-estate holdings as well as his lending practices. In his confirmation hearing, Wall Street banker and Hollywood financier Steven Mnuchin defended his leadership of a bank accused of predatory lending and aggressive foreclosure practices. Mnuchin conceded that he failed to disclose that he was the director of investment funds incorporated in Caribbean tax havens, nor that he had real estate holdings of about $100 million, when making financial disclosures to lawmakers last month.