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Protests Trap Melania In Hamburg Residence

| by Jonathan Constante
First Lady Melania Trump.First Lady Melania Trump.

First lady Melania Trump is stuck in her building in Hamburg, Germany, due to protests in the streets against the G20 summit.

News of Melania's situation was shared on Twitter by journalist Claudia Mathe, The Sun reported.

"At the moment [first lady Melania Trump] cannot leave her building in [Hamburg] due to demonstrations," Mathe tweeted.

German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur also reported that the first lady was stuck in her residence and unable to attend a trip around Hamburg harbor with fellow spouses.

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The Hamburg protests have seen activists torching cars and clashing with authorities. A police spokesperson said the number of officers injured during the demonstrations had risen to 159 and 45 protesters have been arrested.

One officer was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital for an eye injury after a firework exploded in front of him. In response, the city has boosted police presence in Hamburg with reinforcements from around the country.

A total of 20,000 officers have reportedly been assigned to patrol the city's streets, skies and waterways.

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Police fired a water cannon at protesters who were attempting to create a blockade ahead of the summit. Authorities said the incident happened the morning of July 7 on the banks of the Outer Alster Lake, not too far from the trade fair grounds in Hamburg.

President Donald Trump spoke July 6 at a conference in Warsaw, Poland. When asked about Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Trump admitted that he believes the Kremlin interfered, and that other people and countries may have been involved.

"Mistakes have been made," Trump explained. "I agree. I think it was Russia, but I think it was probably other people and-or countries, and I see nothing wrong with that statement. Nobody really knows. Nobody really knows for sure.

"I remember when I was sitting back listening about Iraq -- weapons of mass destruction -- how everybody was 100 percent sure that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction," he argued. "Guess what? That led to one big mess. They were wrong, and it led to a big mess."

Trump took to Twitter the following day to recap his day in Poland.

"My experience yesterday in Poland was a great one," the president tweeted. "Thank you to everyone, including the haters, for the great reviews of the speech!"

Trump also mentioned his forthcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I look forward to all meetings today with world leaders, including my meeting with Vladimir Putin. Much to discuss," Trump said.

"I will represent our country well and fight for its interests!" the president added in another tweet. "Fake News Media will never cover me accurately but who cares! We will [Make America Great Again!]"

Sources: The Sun, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Claudia Mathe/Twitter, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (23) / Photo Credit: U.S. Department of State/Flickr, Marc Nozell/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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