Donald Trump left a baseball game ahead of time Sunday night when he was booed by spectators and chants of “lock him up!” rang in his ears.
The president was shown on massive screens at Game five of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, only hours after the extraordinary news conference during which he proclaimed the death of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Mr. Trump and his spouse Melania took their seats in the lower-tier box at the beginning of the game. Fans just under them turned to look up the box as they arrived, some waving at the president as he smiled and gave a thumbs-up.
It was towards the end of the third inning, that video screens carried a salute to military personnels that drew cheers throughout the sports stadium. however once the screens moved to Mr. Trump and his entourage, and after the loudspeakers declared their presence, the cheers morphed instantly into a huge chorus of boos and disruption.
People shouted and chanted ”Lock him up!” in some parts of the arena. Later, fans behind the home plate held a symbol reading “VETERANS FOR IMPEACHMENT”. Another banner appeared during the game: “IMPEACH TRUMP!”
The president was available for seven innings before heading back to the White House. Reporters were rounded up for departure immediately after 10 pm, about ninety minutes before the sport concluded.
The mocking chants parodied Trump supporters’ favorite attack line against Hillary Clinton – “Lock her up!” – that they used for a long time during campaign rallies across the United States, encouraged by the president.
Mr. Trump isn’t well-liked among voters within the District of Columbia, simply over four percent of whom backed him in the 2016 election.
The humiliation came as an impeachment probe into Mr Trump’s dealings with Ukraine gathered pace.
Bill Taylor, the ambassador in Kiev, told Congress last week that a campaign to influence Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden’s family had, as so much as he knew, been ordered by the president.
However, the likelihood that former national security adviser John Bolton may testify in Congress was put in doubt, when another key witness filed a legal proceeding requesting a ruling on whether or not close presidential aides are allowed to testify.