Roughly a thousand protesters greeted President Donald Trump with jeers and boos upon his first visit to his hometown since his Inauguration. Starting around 2 in the afternoon, clusters of people penned in behind police barricades lined the east side of the West Side Highway, waving signs and chanting for a full five hours until the president arrived at the USS Intrepid Museum shortly after 7. There was a separate barricaded area for a small number of Trump supporters who arrived to show their support.
A heavy police presence, along with members of the Secret Service and FBI, closed roads and the pedestrian bridge over the West Side Highway. Attendees of the dinner, where President Trump was joined by the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, could be seen crossing the street in tuxedos and formal wear and were occasionally the target of heckling. The event was civil and no arrests or incidents were reported.
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