Major Protest Erupts Outside White House As ‘Traitor’ Trump Returns From ‘Surrender’ Summit
Following his embarrassing performance in Helsinki, President Trump was greeted by protesters outside the White House yelling “traitor” late into the night as he returned from his summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.
The impromptu protest, dubbed #OccupyLafayettePark, came after Trump’s controversial press conference with Putin. During the joint presser, Trump refused to denounce Russia’s 2016 election meddling and said the “US foolishness” and the Russia “witch hunt” are to blame for the current low point in U.S.-Russia relations.
Trump’s comments sparked immediate backlash from lawmakers and political commentators on both sides of the aisle.
The protesters on Monday had gathered outside the White House just as the president was returning from his meeting abroad.
Video and photos from the rally show protesters chanting “Putin’s puppet” and “traitor” and carrying signs that read “liar.”
It is unclear how many people attended the protest, though people in attendance said there were “hundreds” who came on last-minute notice for the rally.
A second #OccupyLafayettePark protest is planned for Tuesday night.
Some protesters say they plan to continue protests outside the White House until Trump resigns.
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