Middle fingers, protest signs and a pizza box with a lovingly scrawled message — President Trump got a New York City welcome as he zoomed around town while Congress mulled impeachment in Washington.
Trump’s morning in his hometown started with a motorcade ride from Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street to the InterContinental New York Barclay just six blocks away, to meet with members of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations as the U.N. General Assembly continues.
He immediately went off on a rant against a whistleblower who complained of Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden. An unhinged Trump called the whistleblower “almost a spy” and fumed that he wants him or her exposed, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistle-blower the information? Because that’s close to a spy,” he reportedly said. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
After blowing off some steam in front of U.S. diplomats, it was off to ritzy restaurant Cipriani for a “Trump Victory” fundraiser. Along the way, a handful of protesters held up signs with slogans like “Impeach” and “Trump lies, democracy dies,” according to a White House pool report.
It wasn’t all anti-Trump vitriol, though.
An anonymous fan left an adoring message near the restaurant with the words “We love Mr. Trump” on a pizza box, according to the White House pool.
The Trump campaign said it raised $3 million at Cipriani, where Don Trump, Jr.’s gal pal Kimberly Guillfoyle was seen in the doorway as Trump’s motorcade headed to the helicopter pad near Wall Street. Several angry New Yorkers gave Trump the bird along the way.
Trump took the Marine One chopper to JFK Airport, from where he flew back to the White House.