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Trump visit bringing crowds, road closures to downtown KCMO

Posted: 1:29 PM, Jul 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-23 21:18:33-04
KC prepares for visit from President Trump

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — President Donald Trump’s visit to Kansas City on Tuesday will bring road closures and large crowds of people downtown.

The president is expected to speak at the 119th VFW National Convention around noon on Tuesday at Municipal Auditorium.

A day before his visit, a KCPD spokesperson said extra squads would be on hand to coordinate traffic and provide security for the area.

The spokesman added that several roads will be shut down around the auditorium following the morning rush to keep out pedestrians and cars.

The visit from President Trump is also expected to bring crowds of both supporters and protesters.

Tom Hutsler, who served as a Missouri delegate for Trump and voted from him in 2016, said he planned to try and attend the speech.

“I’m hoping to go down there and support President Trump and his agenda,” he told 41 Action News. “If I saw President Trump tomorrow, I would congratulate him on a fine job.”

Protests are expected to take place near the venue.

On Monday, Marsha Gershun continued to make signs and posters for protesters to use at the rally.

“The thought of breathing the same oxygen molecules that Donald Trump has breathed is horrifying,” she explained. “If this gets people out there to vote or make a real change then we’ll have done something.”

The protest is scheduled to take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Barney Allis Plaza.

At least one downtown business will be marking the historic occasion on Tuesday.

At Spokes Cafe and Cyclery, staff plan to offer special deals on White Russian drinks and hold a “Jump the Wall” contest that evening.

Ahead of the big day, Tom Hutsler hoped supporters and opponents of President Trump could keep things safe in the city.

“I hope that tomorrow if people do go there to protest, they do so peacefully,” he said. 

Roads near Municipal Auditorium are expected to reopen by the evening rush on Tuesday.

As a precaution, police are advising anyone traveling around downtown to use public transportation.

On Monday, The White House released the president's full schedule for his visit to Kansas City:

EDT

9:00AM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews 

South Lawn

Open Press

 

9:10AM: THE PRESIDENT arrives at Joint Base Andrews 

Joint Base Andrews

Out-of-Town Travel Pool

 

9:20AM: THE PRESIDENT departs Washington, DC en route to Kansas City, MO

Joint Base Andrews

Out-of-Town Travel Pool
 
 
CDT
 
10:40AM: THE PRESIDENT arrives at Kansas City International Airport

Kansas City, MO

Out-of-Town Travel Pool

 

10:50AM: THE PRESIDENT departs Kansas City International Airport en route to Kansas City Convention Center

Kansas City, MO

Out-of-Town Travel Pool

 

11:15AM: THE PRESIDENT arrives at Kansas City Convention Center

Kansas City, MO

Out-of-Town Travel Pool

11:30AM: THE PRESIDENT gives remarks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention

Kansas City, MO

Out-of-Town Travel Pool Spray

 

12:15PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Kansas City Convention Center en route to Kansas City Marriott Downtown

 

 

Kansas City, MO

Out-of-Town Travel Pool 

 

12:20PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives at Kansas City Marriott Downtown

Kansas City, MO

Out-of-Town Travel Pool

 

12:55PM: THE PRESIDENT participates in a roundtable with supporters 

 

 

Kansas City, MO

Closed Press

 

1:25PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a joint fundraising committee luncheon

Kansas City, MO

Closed Press

 

2:00PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Kansas City Marriott Downtown en route to Kansas City International Airport

Kansas City, MO

Out-of-Town Travel Pool

 

2:25PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives at Kansas City International Airport

Kansas City, MO

Out-of-Town Travel Pool

 

2:35PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Kansas City, MO en route to Washington, DC

Kansas City, MO

Out-of-Town Travel Pool