Tight security over protest concerns

Xavier Roger


NEW YORK – Steel barriers separated crowds of protesters, roads were closed and traffic was diverted across a swath of Manhattan on Tuesday as former President Donald Trump arrived at a Manhattan courthouse for his arraignment.

Trump, who pumped his fist defiantly as he exited Trump Tower minutes earlier, was placed under arrest upon his arrival at the courthouse. Wearing a dark suit and red tie, Trump waved to the crowd as helicopters whirred above before he stepped inside.

Later, Trump was seen on camera somberly entering a courtroom to hear the charges against him. He pleaded not guilty to all 34 counts and left the courtroom after a prolonged arraignment without addressing reporters. Trump, the first former commander in chief to face criminal charges, was indicted in connection with a hush money payment to a porn actor during his 2016 campaign.


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