President Donald Trump’s arrival in the city, which had originally been scheduled for Sunday evening, is now expected Monday instead, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
De Blasio said Trump was expected to remain at Trump Tower, his building on Fifth Avenue, until Wednesday evening. But De Blasio also cautioned those plans were subject to change, noting the alteration from the original plan to arrive Sunday, according to plans released earlier last week.
De Blasio, who spoke just before the kickoff of the city’s annual Dominican Day Parade in Midtown Manhattan, also called on Trump to “do more” to “condemn the White Supremist movement” in the wake of unrest in Charlottesville, that culminated Saturday in a car plowing into a crowd of people who were protesting a white nationalist rally in the Virginia college town.
“President Trump needs to speak out to say this is an act of terrorism,” DeBlasio said. “He needs to condemn the white supremist movement.”
De Blasio said Trump “will essentially remain at Trump Tower” during his roughly 48-hour stay.
“The NYPD is prepared ... there is no police force in the free world more prepared,” to handle the President’s high profile return home, de Blasio said.
He urged New Yorkers to avoid the vicinity of Trump Tower, noting there would be added security and road closures during the President’s stay.