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    Thousands to Gather in New York City to Protest Trump's Visit on Monday

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    More than three thousand people have signed up to attend one of the multiple protests on Monday in front of Trump Tower and elsewhere in New York City ahead of President Donald Trump's scheduled visit later in the day.

    NEW YORK (Sputnik) — Trump came under criticism over the weekend after he did not explicitly call out white supremacists for instigating deadly violence at the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    "[The protest is against Trump’s] hateful rhetoric and failure to condemn white supremacy," the group Political Revolution said on its Facebook page with respect to the gathering in front of Trump Tower.

    ​A protestor in front of Trump Tower told Sputnik this is not the first time Trump has failed to openly criticize the white supremacist movement Ku-Klux-Klan.

    "He knows it’s his base, and he doesn't want to alienate it. The problem is, he alienates pretty much the rest of this country that way," the protestor said.

    Another group, Rise and Resist, announced it plans to organize a march from the New York Public Library to Columbus Circle in order to denounce White House's recent escalation of rhetoric toward North Korea.

    "We demand that our government stop being complicit in endangering humanity, and immediately start taking steps to return our leadership and discourse to sanity. We do not want a war with North Korea," Rise and Resist, a coalition of rights groups, said in a press release ahead of the march.

    Rise and Resist also said that as of Monday morning hundreds of individuals plan to attend the march.

    ​Donald Trump was supposed to arrive to New York on Sunday, but the trip had to be delayed. Trump's visit is now scheduled for Monday evening, but is subject to further delays, according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    The New York Police Department warned city residents of road closures and expected traffic delays in midtown ahead of the US president's visit.

    The occasion will mark Trump's first visit to New York in his role as the president of the United States.

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