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Trump Just Got Booed During 30-Second Photo-Op at MLK Memorial in Washington DC
Well, I think it’s safe to say we expected this from Donald Trump.
Donald Trump and Mike Pence visited the Martin Luther King Memorial Monday afternoon and stayed for about 30 seconds, according to CNN’s Daniel Dale.
Trump stood for about 30 seconds at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington this afternoon. He didn't say anything. He got some cheers, a "USA" chant and some boos from people nearby.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 20, 2020
The announced trip is just a few hours before Trump is set to depart the White House for a quick trip to Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum.
Earlier Monday, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway told reporters in the briefing room that Trump “agrees with many of the things that Dr. Martin Luther King stood for and agreed with for many years, including unity and equality.”
Conway also suggested King would have opposed Trump’s impeachment.
“When you see the articles of impeachment that came out, I don’t think it was within Dr. King’s vision to have Americans dragged through a process where the President is not going to be removed from office, is not being charged with bribery, extortion, high crimes or misdemeanors,” she said.
“And I think that anybody who cares about ‘and justice for all’ — today or any day of the year — will appreciate the fact that the President now will have a full throttle defense on the facts. And everybody should have that.”
According to the pool report, Trump was booed at the memorial, but also received some cheers and a few chants of U-S-A.
“A mixture of cheers and boos greeted President Trump and Vice President Pence as they arrived at the MLK Memorial at around 4:33 p.m.
Trump smiled and waved.
Trump and Pence stood at the base of the MLK sculpture for a minute, their heads bowed.
Some members of the crowd chanted “ U-S-A! “ A few delivered sustained boos.
Pool was pulled out after less than two minutes.”
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 20, 2020