Protesters descend on Trump Tower as president returns home

Protesters descend on Trump Tower as president returns home
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Protesters took to the streets outside of Trump Tower on Monday as President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE returned to New York City.

He is spending his first night at Trump Tower since becoming president.

The protests come as the nation reels from a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend that left one counter-protester dead and 19 injured. 

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Video uploaded by an editor for Snapchat shows demonstrators chanting, “New York hates you” outside of the Fifth Avenue skyscraper the president called home prior to his inauguration. 

Just before 6:30 p.m. on Monday, the president wrote on Twitter that he was departing for New York City, where he said he would hold meetings on defense and trade.

Other chants from protesters waiting for Trump included “this is what democracy looks like,” according to a reporter from the German news service Tagesschau.

In Charlottesville on Saturday, a suspect drove a car into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters, killing a young woman and injuring others. A 20-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder, failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death, and malicious wounding.

Trump came under scrutiny for his response to the Charlottesville attack, which he initially blamed on violence from “many sides.”

The president in a Monday statement sought to clean up the controversy, specifically condemning the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis who participated in the rally, after lawmakers slammed him for not providing a stronger response.