President Trump to visit Baltimore's Fort McHenry, group protests
The group, Baltimore's Peoples Power Assembly, participated in a social distancing rally Sunday that started in east Baltimore and ended at Fort McHenry, calling on the President to cancel his Memorial Day plans.
Trump's visit comes a week after the state began lifting some coronavirus restrictions, but Mayor Jack Young is keeping Baltimore's stay-at-home order in place as the city is still recovering from being a hotspot. Young says it sets a bad example that the citizens of the city can come out only for essential reasons while the president is conducting public visits in the state.
City Council President Brandon Scott weighed in on the presidential visit, "respecfully asking" Trump not to visit to Baltimore. "However, if you choose to do so, I ask that you consider bringing the following with you: 100,000 tests for COVID-19; $25 million to support Baltimore small businesses impacted by COVID-19; $150 million to help Baltimore close the projected fiscal gap resulting from this pandemic; and $30 million to jump start the build out of Baltimore's municipal broadband network to close the digital divide,” said Scott.
Governor Larry Hogan welcomes the visit from the President and First Lady, however Hogan will not be in attendance because today is his birthday. White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement, "The brave men and women who have preserved our freedoms for generations did not stay home and the president will not either as he honors their sacrifice by visiting such a historic landmark in our nation's history."