NewsPolitics Trump calls Statue of Liberty climber a ‘clown’ at campaign rally “I would’ve said, ‘Let’s get some nets, and let’s wait till she comes down,’ ” the president said. Donald Trump called Therese Patricia Okoumou, the woman who climbed Lady Liberty Wednesday a "clown." Photo Credit: Getty Images / Justin Sullivan By Nicole Brown email@example.com @ncb417 Updated July 6, 2018 8:31 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email President Donald Trump called the woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty in protest of his administration’s immigration policies a “clown” Thursday evening. “You saw that clown yesterday on the Statue of Liberty,” the president said at a campaign rally in Montana. “You see the guys that went up there. I wouldn’t have done it. I would’ve said, ‘Let’s get some nets, and let’s wait till she comes down. Just get some nets.’” Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, climbed the statue after participating in an “Abolish ICE” protest on Liberty Island Wednesday. She was brought down by the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit several hours later. After pleading not guilty in federal court Thursday, Okoumou called the administration’s immigration policy “draconian.” “In a democracy we do not put children in cages,” Okoumou said. Under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, immigrant children were separated from their parents and detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Okoumou also quoted former first lady Michelle Obama: “Our beloved first lady that I care so much about said, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ And I went as high as I could.” Okoumou faces charges of trespassing, interference with government agency functions and disorderly conduct, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York said. With Lauren Cook By Nicole Brown firstname.lastname@example.org @ncb417 Nicole Brown is the Internet News Manager at amNY.com, covering local news since 2016. She has written for MSNBC.com and was editor-in-chief of NYU’s Washington Square News. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Statue of Liberty climber: 'Reunite the children now'The woman was protesting the Trump administration's immigration policies. Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.