The White House had announced that President Trump would be making his first visit back to New York since his inauguration on Thursday.
The plan was for the President to spend about six hours at various stops in Manhattan, beginning with a meeting around 3 p.m. with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, followed by a brief homecoming stop at Trump Tower.
Then President Trump and First Lady Melania, along with Prime Minister Turnbull and his wife Lucy, were scheduled to attend a black-tie veterans event aboard the Intrepid, in honor of the Battle of the Coral Sea, when Australia and the United States fought together against the Japanese in May 1942.
However, with all the events in Washington Thursday, Trump’s plans were changed, and he didn’t come to town until much later, ariving only just before 7 p.m.
Anti-Trump protesters staged a weak demonstration at Trump Tower, but Trump didn’t go there at all. They yelled their outrage at the Tower anyway.
Thursday night, the President took a helicopter flight to his New Jersey home at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister.
Friday morning, he shot out a Tweet: “Rather than causing a big disruption in N.Y.C., I will be working out of my home in Bedminster, N.J. this weekend. Also saves country money!”
Rather than causing a big disruption in N.Y.C., I will be working out of my home in Bedminster, N.J. this weekend. Also saves country money!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2017
Saturday afternoon, another Tweet went out: “The reason I am staying in Bedminster, N.J., a beautiful community, is that staying in NYC is much more expensive and disruptive. Meetings!”
The reason I am staying in Bedminster, N. J., a beautiful community, is that staying in NYC is much more expensive and disruptive. Meetings!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 6, 2017
The protesters (and supporters) only got a short glimpse as the president’s motorcade arrived at the Intrepid.
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