Donald Trump met by angry protesters chanting 'New York hates you' on return to Trump Tower

Demonstrators gather to express fury at President's seeming reluctance to condemn fatal white nationalist violence at Ku Klux Klan rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

Tuesday 15 August 2017 09:25
Comments
Anti-racism protesters shout during protests in front of Trump Tower in New York City
Anti-racism protesters shout during protests in front of Trump Tower in New York City

President Donald Trump has arrived at his New York home for the first time since his inauguration as a throng of protesters lined the street.

The President's motorcade pulled up to Trump Tower on Monday night while avoiding the protesters, who chanted "New York hates you" and “shame, shame, shame” while awaiting him.

Thousands of protesters had lined Manhattan's Fifth Avenue to await him, along with a group of supporters numbering in the dozens.

The protesters carried signs with such messages as “impeach” and “stop the hate, stop the lies”. Supporters shouted “God bless President Trump”.

Security is heavy around the skyscraper. Police have stationed sand-filled sanitation trucks as barriers around the building and layers of metal police barricades around the main entrance.

Among the protesters was the Reverend Jan Powell, a retired United Church of Christ minister.

She said she is concerned by the Republican president's response to the white supremacist rally that descended into violence on Saturday in Virginia.

Mr Trump initially blamed “many sides” for the violence, before later saying “racism is evil”.

Police said two people have been arrested on disorderly conduct charges near Trump Tower, during the demonstration against the President.

The protesters began leaving following the President's arrival at Trump Tower.

He tweeted: “Feels good to be home after seven months, but the White House is very special, there is no place like it... and the US is really my home!”

Mr Trump has said he would “love” to go home to Trump Tower more often but it is “very disruptive to do”.

Associated Press

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in