Sharp political passions over President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and his links to Russian Federation brought people onto the streets of cities around the globe on Saturday, mostly to condemn but some to praise him.
Organizers called it a March for Truth. Attendees at the pro-Trump rally expressed support for the president's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord.
While investigations into Donald Trump's Russian Federation ties have intensified since the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, many activists are concerned that current efforts still aren't enough to reveal the full range of alleged collusion, particularly without an independent commission or the release of Trump's tax returns.
The protests come ahead of testimony by former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey to the Senate Intelligence Committee scheduled for June 8th.
The sides reportedly clashed briefly at the pro-Trump "Pittsburgh Not Paris" rally but no major incidents so far have been reported.
This time it was a "March for Truth".
"The people are woke, we are woke", said Sarsour, a co-chair of the massive Women's March that was held on the Mall the day after Trump's inauguration.
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The White House's troubles make "what was already really hard even harder", said Stier from the Partnership for Public Service. In the past, briefings at the State Department were daily happenings, but that has changed dramatically under Mr.
Christi Branch, from Waynesboro, Virginia, said she made the last-minute trip to the nation's capital to show her support for Trump.
Trump said his decision to back out was to support American workers.
Nearby another group gathered to blast Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris accord.
"'America first" and "Make America Great Again' is exactly what he campaigned on".
"Basically he's a Russian mobster masquerading as president", another man told 1010 WINS.
Public advocate Tish James welcomed Trump's supporter, who James refers to as "Agent Orange". "Just because the USA got out of a club doesn't mean we aren't going to care about the environment", she said.
While some came to praise, others came to protest the President. Others displayed posters calling for swift investigations into the Trump team, or calling on the president to release his tax returns.