Trump to meet Australian PM on 1st presidential trip to NYC

Donald Trump at Trump Tower in 2016

President Donald Trump's visit to NY on Thursday will be met with protests to "drown out" his planned speech at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.

The president's wife, Melania Trump, and his son, Barron, have been living in NY since he took office.

Although more protesters are expected for this presidential visit, the Intrepid's location eases the burden on city resources, with more available open spaces and fewer cross streets.

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is coming home.

While Australia is a long-time, loyal ally of the USA, relations were strained after an acrimonious phone call with the PM shortly after Trump's inauguration.

Hundreds of police officers will be assigned to secure Trump's Intrepid appearance, with more on standby on surrounding blocks if needed to make arrests.

That changes this week, however: Trump will be in town on May 4 for an event aboard the USS Intrepid, where he'll host Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and honor the Battle of the Coral Sea, which took place during World War II.

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He's expected to arrive at the Wall St. heliport mid-afternoon and then head up the FDR, freezing traffic on the drive before dropping by Trump Tower, which will cause street closures around Midtown.

Fewer than one in five residents in America's most populous city voted for Trump, even though he comes from the city's Queens borough, built a brand in real estate and other ventures associated with NY, and has been tabloid fodder for decades. His wife, Melania, and their 11-year-old son, Barron, who attends a private Manhattan school, have remained behind, as have Trump's two adult sons, who now run their father's sprawling business interests.

"I always feel a little bit guilty when I go there", Trump told Fox News late last month, speaking of his penthouse apartment inside Trump Tower where he holed up for much of his transition.

A spokesman for Mayor de Blasio, a fierce Trump critic, told the Daily News he "declined an invitation to the event before the President had anything to do with" it. Additionally, city officials have portrayed security costs at Trump Tower as a financial burden.

Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, also drew the ire of the NYPD when his Justice Department suggested last month that the city was "soft on crime" despite record-low crime rates in the nation's largest city. Wrolf Courtney, an organizer from Rise and Resist, a self-described "direct action group made up of both new and experienced activists committed to opposing, disrupting, and defeating any government act that threatens democracy, equality, and our civil liberties", and one of the groups organizing the protests had a different view.

Associated Press writer Colleen Long contributed reporting.

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