- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A protester confronted President Trump on Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol, shouting “Trump is treason!”

Mr. Trump was headed into a luncheon with Republican senators when a man in a crush of reporters threw a handful of miniature Russian flags emblazoned with the name “Trump.”

The man, dressed in a suit and tie, had blended in with the press who were watching as the president walked past.

He later identified himself to reporters as Ryan Clayton, a liberal activist whose writing has been featured in the Huffington Post and who has appeared as a commentator on a variety of TV news shows.

He has pulled similar stunts in the past, including handing out Russian flags earlier this year at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

As the president walked passed reporters and photographers outside the Senate chamber, Mr. Clayton yelled that Mr. Trump colluded with Russia and was guilty of “treason.”

“You shouldn’t be talking about taxes. You should be talking about treason,” he yelled. “President Trump stole the election. We should be talking about treason.”

The GOP tax reform plan topped the agenda at the Senate GOP lunch with the president.

Capitol Police quickly removed the protester.

Mr. Clayton did not have a U.S. Capitol press credential, according to a press gallery official.

He apparently entered the Capitol complex with members of the public and then snuck into the restricted area outside the Senate chamber.

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