A protester threw Russian flags at President Donald Trump on Tuesday as he walked to a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill.
Trump was walking through the Capitol building with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) when a man started yelling “Trump is treason” and tossed Russian flags in the president’s direction.
Capitol Police officers detained the man, identified as Ryan Clayton, president of the left-wing group Americans Take Action. The Russia flags he threw had Trump’s name on them.
Protester ID’d self as Ryan Clayton from Americans Take Action got very close to Trump and threw these flags at him pic.twitter.com/hIk1v2qpHS
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) October 24, 2017
Clayton, 36, had previously tried to prank unwitting attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference in February by handing out similar Russian flags inside and outside of CPAC, which he and another liberal activist emblazoned with the word “TRUMP” in gold letters.
On Tuesday, reporters yelled questions at Trump as he walked by with McConnell, but as they quieted down after he passed, the protester continued to yell.
Protester inside the Senate throws Russian flags at President Trump pic.twitter.com/mSlUgqpwqS
— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) October 24, 2017
Random guy threw Russian flags at Trump and shouted “Trump is treason” pic.twitter.com/stVfDOtMAB
— aída chávez (@aidachavez_) October 24, 2017
It is unclear how Clayton gained access to the area of the Capitol where Trump passed. Some observers have speculated that he either obtained a media pass or was sponsored by a member of Congress’ office.
MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt noted how it was an unusual breach of decorum for someone to launch such a vocal protest in that setting.
Trump is set to attend a lunch with Senate Republicans on Tuesday to discuss tax reform and other legislative issues.
(First reported by The Washington Free Beacon) http://freebeacon.com/politics/protester-throws-russian-flags-trump/ (October 24, 2017)
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