President Trump was scheduled to visit his hometown for the first time as the nation’s commander in chief this weekend, which had New York officials scrambling in preparation for massive demonstrations.
Protests were expected to take place outside Trump Tower, where huge work trucks were already parked and waiting in an effort to thwart any possible terroristic threats involving vehicles. Streets had been preemptively blocked off and nightmarish traffic situations were anticipated.
“I hate to see the New Yorkers with streets closed,” Trump commented on a news show last week, perhaps channeling his business sense.
It has been estimated that American taxpayers will pay $68 million to alleviate protests and threats against the president and his family, an amount which is included in the bipartisan budget deal to fund the government through September.
Amid this controversy, the president apparently had a last-minute change of heart about his trip home. He tweeted the announcement of his change of plans Friday:
“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
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