Trump to meet Australian PM on 1st presidential trip to NYC

US President Donald Trump will host Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday to reaffirm ties after a rocky start earlier this year.

The president's wife, Melania Trump, and his son, Barron, have been living in NY since he took office.

Trump, who came back to NY most nights as a candidate and ran his campaign and transition from Trump Tower in Manhattan, has stayed away since he was sworn in on January 20, even as his wife and youngest child continue to live there.

NY is bracing itself for blockades, protests, and delays as Donald Trump returns to town.

"On the president's first trip back to New York City, the world will see us rise up and oppose him again".

"Donald thinks he owns NY, he loves the place so much", Chris Ruddy, chief executive officer of Newsmax and a long-time friend of Trump's, said in an interview.

Ms Bishop said the call, which Mr Trump described as the worst leader's call of the day, should not be overstated.

Hundreds of New York City police officers will secure Trump's appearance aboard the Intrepid, with more standing guard on surrounding streets.

Trump is set to speak aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86 Thursday evening to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the US and Australia's WWII Battle of Coral Sea against the Japanese, amNY reported. After speaking on the Intrepid, the President is expected to forgo a trip to the eponymous Trump Tower and instead will head to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he will likely spend the weekend.

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Other demonstrations will take place throughout the city.

Protest organisers are encouraging participants to bring pots and pans to bang in the hope Mr Trump will hear.

"Going back is very expensive for the country", Trump told Fox News in an interview broadcast last Friday.

Because the Intrepid is anchored in the Hudson, surrounded by water on three sides, fewer street closures and few if any subway detours are expected than for past presidential visits, which are usually to denser parts of the city, the official said.

But Trump opponents have been much more vocal than supporters. His wife, Melania, and their 10-year-old son, Barron, who attends a private Manhattan school, have remained behind, as have Trump's two adult sons who are now tasked with running their father's sprawling business interests. Additionally, city officials have portrayed the cost of the security at Trump Tower as a financial burden.

"We are getting what we are owed", New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement praising the state's congressional delegation for helping win the reimbursement money.

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