Trump's motorcade changes route amid Florida protests

Trump's motorcade changes route amid Florida protests
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President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE's motorcade was diverted in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Saturday, suggesting that the White House could be seeking to avoid protesters gathered along a route typically taken by the president. 

The route change came as hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in cities across the country on Saturday for the "March for Our Lives," a series of demonstrations held to demand an end to gun violence.

While some of the largest protests took place in Washington, Chicago, New York and other major cities, it was one in West Palm Beach that appeared best positioned to get Trump's attention. 


According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, protesters planned to march along a route usually taken by the president to his Trump International Golf Club. Trump is visiting his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

A White House press pool report detailed how the president's motorcade diverted from its normal route on Saturday, and instead took a longer path. 

It wasn't immediately clear whether the route change was prompted by the protests. 

The "March for Our Lives" was organized in response to a deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., near Fort Lauderdale, that left 17 people dead and 14 others injured.

Since then, students from the school have led a nationwide call for stricter gun control laws.