- The Washington Times - Friday, July 7, 2017

First lady Melania Trump was unable to leave her residence in Hamburg Friday because of violent demonstrations outside the Group of 20 summit, her spokesman said.

“It’s unfortunate,” Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, told NBC News.

Violent protests have rocked the northern German city ahead of the G-20 summit, which kicked off Friday morning. At least 76 Hamburg police officers were reportedly injured and 46 demonstrators arrested Thursday in the clashes. Hamburg police were granted police reinforcements for the second day of unrest.

“The Hamburg police could not give us clearance to leave,” Ms. Grisham told reporters, Politico reported. “[Mrs. Trump] was prevented from participating in today’s spousal program, which she was looking forward to.”

The first lady was scheduled to tour the German Climate Computer Center with the husband of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NBC reported.

The first lady took her apparent down time to tweet her condolences to those hurt in the protests.

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