President Donald Trump will return to New York City later today after leaving the city since his inauguration on January 20. Greeting him at the door of Trump Tower will be thousands of protestors denouncing his administration, especially after this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville.
The Facebook event says that 4,000 protestors are attending, with an additional 15,000 more expressing interest in the event. The event is listed to begin at 5:30 pm at Trump Tower, located at on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets.
The event reads: “Donald Trump will be staying in Trump Tower in New York from Sunday 8/13 to Wednesday 8/16 for the first time since he was inaugurated. Let’s show him what we really think of him!”
The demonstration follows rallies across New York City and the country in response to the fatal white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. Activists took issue with a statement from the president in which he denounced the “display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”
After staying at the Trump National Gold Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, over the weekend, President Trump flew to Washington, D.C., on Monday morning. He’s scheduled to arrive at his namesake building later this evening and stay there until Wednesday. The New York visit is part of a 17-day “working vacation” that was scheduled in order to allow crews to make renovations to the White House.
Trump was supposed to arrive to New York on Sunday, but the trip had to be delayed. Trump’s visit is subject to further delays, according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Blasio condemned the violence over the weekend, saying: “This white supremacist movement is a danger to us all, including our law enforcement officers who often engage with these hate groups. New Yorkers know who we are—we are a city for everyone. We are particularly pained when we see acts of violence carried out in the name of hate.”
“President Trump is blunt about everything else—it’s time he stop pulling punches and condemn white supremacy in our country.”
Trump did make an unscheduled statement early Monday afternoon condemning the weekend’s violence. He denounced the violence and promised to “prosecute” and “hold anyone who acted criminal in this weekend’s racist violence fully accountable.”
“Justice will be delivered,” Trump said.
He continued: “We must love each other, show affection for each other, and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans. Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its names are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
The New York Police Department warned city residents of road closures and expected traffic delays in midtown ahead of the president’s visit.
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