New York braces for protesters as President Trump returns home

NEW YORK, May 4 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump returns to New York on Thursday for the first time since taking office, planning a bit of diplomacy as city officials brace for protests in the city where he built his name and fortune.

Trump's departure for his Jan. 20 inauguration ended a 2-1/2-month period following his Nov. 8 election that was marked by mostly protesting but also admiring crowds outside his home in the Fifth Avenue tower that bears his name and served as his presidential transition headquarters.

Police are bracing for protests around the decommissioned aircraft carrier Intrepid on Manhattan's west side where the businessman-turned-politician is set to meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and at Trump Tower in the busy midtown section.

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Demonstrators protest in response to President Donald Trump's refusal to make his tax returns public in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Demonstrators protest in response to President Donald Trump's refusal to make his tax returns public in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Demonstrators protest in response to President Donald Trump's refusal to make his tax returns public in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
People march demanding President Donald Trump release his tax returns, in New York, U.S., REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
People march demanding President Donald Trump release his tax returns, in New York, U.S., April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
People march demanding President Donald Trump release his tax returns, in New York, U.S., REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
People march demanding President Donald Trump release his tax returns, in New York, U.S., REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Demonstrators protest in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's refusal to make his tax returns public, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Demonstrators protest in response to President Donald Trump's refusal to make his tax returns public in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Demonstrators protest in response to President Donald Trump's refusal to make his tax returns public in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Demonstrators protest in response to President Donald Trump's refusal to make his tax returns public in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
UNITED STATES - APRIL 15: Buddhist monk Jampal Rowe of Poolesville, Md., attends the Tax March rally on the west lawn of the Capitol to call on President Trump to release his tax returns, April 15, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Protestors take part in the 'Tax March' to call on US President Donald Trump to release his tax records on April 15, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors walk by the Trump hotel during the 'Tax March' to call on US President Donald Trump to release his tax records on April 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors take part in the 'Tax March' to call on US President Donald Trump to release his tax records on April 15, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors take part in the 'Tax March' to call on US President Donald Trump to release his tax records on April 15, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors take part in the 'Tax March' to call on US President Donald Trump to release his tax records on April 15, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors gather in Center City Philadelphia, PA, ahead of the April 15 Tax Day March. Around the nation thousands are expected to participate in similar protests against the Trump-administration. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Protestor holds a sign during a Tax Day protest rally and march in Center City Philadelphia, on April 15, 2017. Around the nation thousands are expected to participate in similar protests against the Trump-administration. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Protestors take part in the 'Tax March' to call on US President Donald Trump to release his tax records on April 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Trump's first 100 days in office brought rollbacks of environmental regulations, an attempt to repeal his predecessor's signature healthcare law and crackdowns on immigrants, none of which play well in the liberal Northeast city.

"He's from here, but we think his values are out of step with all the rest of us," said Joe Dinkin, spokesman for the Working Families Party, which is leading a loosely coordinated collection of groups for a "Reject Trump" rally.

Fewer than one in five residents in America's most populous city voted for Trump, even though he comes from the city's Queens borough, built a brand in real estate and other ventures associated with New York, and has been tabloid fodder for decades.

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The city has already run up a significant bill for protection of Trump and his family, including about $24 million during the period between his election and inauguration and more than $300,000 a day since then protecting first lady Melania Trump and 11-year-old son Barron, who have continued to live in Trump Tower since the president moved to Washington.

This week's federal spending deal includes $61 million to reimburse New York and other local governments for providing Trump-related security.

Trump told Fox News last week he had not been back to his hometown because of the costs and public inconvenience involved with presidential travel, saying: "I hate to see the New Yorkers with streets closed."

After the events with Turnbull, which include a black-tie dinner on the Intrepid to mark the 75th anniversary of the World War Two Battle of the Coral Sea, Trump is expected to go to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for the weekend.

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Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

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Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

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Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

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Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

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Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

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Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

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Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

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Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

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Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

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Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

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Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

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Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

(Photo by SAUL LOEB via Getty Images)

Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

(Photo by SAUL LOEB via Getty Images)

Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.

(Photo by SAUL LOEB via Getty Images)

Signs from protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.
Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.
Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.
Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.
Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.
Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.
Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.
Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.
Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.
Protesters during a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally Monday.
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