The China Post with dpa
HAMBURG — U.S. first lady Melania Trump is unable to leave her residence in Hamburg for events related to the Group of 20 summit due to security reasons, her spokeswoman said Friday.
“We have not received the all-clear from police to leave the residence,” the spokeswoman told dpa.
From inside her hotel, the first lady referenced the violent protests on Twitter.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 7, 2017
She has already missed a tour of Hamburg’s famed harbor, which had been scheduled for early Friday.
Other spouses — including Joachim Sauer, the husband of German Chancellor Angela Merkel; Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron; and Philip May, the husband of British Prime Minister Theresa May — set off on a boat tour of the Hamburg harbor as planned.
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, took their 3-year-old son, Hadrien, along. According to reports, Hadrien is emerging as a highlight of the visit.
However, a visit to a climate research center — a part of the visit Sauer insisted upon and which is seen as somewhat controversial, given President Donald Trump’s recent move to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change — had to be tweaked due to security concerns.
Instead of heading to the headquarters of the German Climate Computing Centre, a service center for climate research, the group headed to the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski for the presentation, the sources said.
U.S. President Trump was forced to take a detour to the summit venue earlier on Friday due to various sit-ins and protests in the center of the city.
Hamburg police have requested urgent backup from across Germany to contain the violent protests in opposition to the summit that have gripped Hamburg since late Thursday.
As of 12:20 p.m. (1020 GMT) on Friday, 159 police officers had been injured and 45 protesters detained as a result of the demonstrations, authorities said.
Police tweeted a photo of an officer’s arm with a flesh wound, adding that several people had been injured by projectiles fired from slingshots.
— Polizei Hamburg (@PolizeiHamburg) July 7, 2017
Police said that officers were being attacked with petrol bombs in the Hamburg district of Altona and that protesters had set off burning barricades in the area.