Donald Trump took his first official trip as president aboard a newly rechristened Air Force One Thursday. When the 45th president landed in Philadelphia, he was greeted by throngs of protesters who took to the streets for the third day of massive protests since Trump’s inauguration six days ago.
Protesters had gathered for a second day of demonstrations against congressional Republicans, who were visiting the city of brotherly love for an annual retreat. Trump arrived in Philadelphia to address Republican lawmakers and broke with a long-held bipartisan tradition by refusing to take any questions from the elected officials of his own party.
Amid petty battles over crowd sizes and viewership of his inauguration, Trump has taken to setting the controversial agenda he presented on the campaign trail into motion — leaving Republican congressional leaders in the awkward position of dodging questions about torture, rampant voter fraud and who will pay for a wall on the U. S. – Mexico border.
Partially organized by PA Home Care Workers and SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, hundreds of demonstrators protested the GOP’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act by holding an activism workshop followed by a march to Thomas Paine Plaza Thursday morning.
Happening now- mass protest to defend #heathcare at Philly #GOP retreat. #CareNotChaos pic.twitter.com/2FYIeXfFnE— 1199SEIU NJ (@1199SEIU_NJ) January 26, 2017
Philly giving the GOP a proper welcome. We are 3 blocks away here. @jonfavs @jonlovett @TVietor08 pic.twitter.com/mzwRsMTvoN— jimmi phoenix (@Phillies_chants) January 26, 2017
— Alan He (@alanhe) January 26, 2017
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