Trump set to return to the city for 2nd time since January


President Donald Trump will return to New York City next week, his second such trip since he took office in January.

Trump is expected to be in New York City for the first part of next week, according to White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters, who said further details – including where he'd be, what he planned to do or with whom he planned to meet – are forthcoming.

“Working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation. Going to New York next week for more meetings,” the president tweeted earlier Monday.

Trump is at the start of his 17-day working vacation and was initially expected to spend it all at his Bedminister, New Jersey, golf club.

The president's first visit to New York City since his inauguration and subsequent move to the White House was back on May 4, when he attended a private event aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appeared together for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, a World War II naval battle fought by U.S. and Australian forces against the Japanese. It was also the first time the two world leaders met face-to-face since a bitter phone call that strained ties between the two allies.

Trump's visit was met by both fanfare and protest outside of the Intrepid, which is docked on the Hudson River. While some Trump supporters hailed the president's first return to his hometown, others were less welcoming, and the two groups squared off with shouting matches across picket lines.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that Trump's last visit had minimal disruption.

"The NYPD is the most expert police force on Earth in terms of handling visits by an American president," he said at an unrelated news conference. "They do an outstanding job. I think we’re going to be ready by any measure."

Roughly 1,000 police officers were assigned to cover Trump's first homecoming, an NYPD official said at the time. But other factors – including that the Intrepid's location was easier to secure and that Trump's itinerary was cut short on the day of arrival – may have contributed to less strain placed on the NYPD. Trump did not stop at Trump Tower during his last visit.

A request for comment from the NYPD regarding Trump's upcoming visit was not immediately returned.

With Laura Figueroa and Matthew Chayes

 

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