Melania Trump ‘Trapped’ in Hamburg Guesthouse Over G-20 Protests
First lady Melania Trump is reportedly trapped in her residence in Hamburg, Germany, due to security concerns triggered by protests and rioting near the G-20 summit, according to the White House.
Photos of the protests show mobs of people and burning cars ahead of the conference. Hamburg police refuse to clear the first lady to leave her residence, the White House confirmed to reporters on Friday, July 7.
“It’s unfortunate,” Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, told NBC News.
“The Hamburg police could not give us clearance to leave,” Grisham added, reported Politico. “She was prevented from participating in today’s spousal program, which she was looking forward to.”
Regardless, Trump tweeted her well-wishes to people injured at protests.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 7, 2017
“Thinking of those hurt in #Hamburg protests. Hope everyone stay safe! #G20,” she wrote on Friday, July 7.
The first lady was slated to participate in a Friday program for the gathered leaders’ spouses. She was to take a tour of the German Climate Computer Center with the husband of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Amid the violence, police forces around Germany dispatched reinforcements to help 15,000 police already deployed to the northern port city for the G-20 summit as the violence escalated. At least 15 people were arrested and dozens more held for questioning, Reuters reported.
City Police Chief Ralf Martin Meyer said security around the summit prompted protesters to fan out. “We are focusing on securing corridors to make sure that the path for (leaders’) convoys is clear,” said Meyer.
On Friday, President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Thursday, the president met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and also had dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, The Associated Press reported.
On Thursday, thousands of protesters gathered in the German city. At least 15 German police officers were injured in the unrest, NBC reported.
Reuters contributed to this report.