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Niagara Falls teen heads to DC for presidential inauguration

Posted at 3:15 PM, Jan 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-16 18:12:50-05

A 13-year-old boy from Niagara Falls is on his way to Washington D.C., to watch President-Elect, Donald Trump get sworn in on Friday, January 20th. 

Michael Zafuto will head to D.C. on Thursday to watch the inauguration ceremony and parade with his dad and a family friend.  The first thing he’s planning to do once he touches down in DC is get his ticket from the office of Congressman, Brian Higgins.

His mom, Valerie said this is something her “history buff” son has been looking forward to since November 8, 2016. The teen has been in tuned to the 2016 President Election from the start.  He’s a big Trump Supporters and even predicted the then republican nominee had a chance of winning after seeing the Florida poll results.

He wrote Congressman, Higgins a letter requesting tickets to the inauguration.  His mother, Valerie Zafuto, said that he got a reply right away that didn't sound too hopeful. Fast forward, more than a week ago he received another e-mail confirming that he had been picked to attend the inauguration.

Since he recently broke his foot while playing basketball, Valerie is a little worried about her son getting around the big and busy city, hopping on one foot. But she can’t say no to an opportunity like this.

Michael said watching the news with his grandmother was when the eighth grader realized his passion for politics. While watching the news, she would share some of her political philosophies with him. They both favored Trump this year.

He supports Trump’s stance on immigration and economy. However, he does believe the President-elect could have rephrase some of his sentences during some of his controversial moments in the election.

Michael has encountered many people at his school who strongly disagree with his views. But his mother said she has taught him how to respect the beliefs of others.

Because of Michael’s passion for history and politics, he’s thinking about becoming a lawyer.

President-elect, Trump and Vice President-Elect, Michael Pence are suppose to be sworn in around noon on Friday, January 20th, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, followed by the inaugural address. The inaugural parade will then make its way along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

Stay tuned to 7 Eyewitness for inaugural 2017 coverage.