Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will find common ground with US President Donald Trump when they meet in NY on Thursday, Australia's foreign minister said, in a bid to soothe ties strained by a fractious phone call between the two soon after Mr Trump's inauguration.
Much of that cost will cover the manpower it will take to close down roads while Trump is traveling around NY.
NY officials are reportedly getting ready for protests as the president prepares to make his first visit to the city since assuming office. President Donald Trump and Turnbull will try to patch the rocky start to their working relationship when they meet in NY.
Many expected Trump to return more frequently to NY, the city synonymous with his past life as a brash real estate developer and celebrity fixture in the tabloid press dating back to the 1980s.
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NY has born the biggest financial burden, with the city's police department spending $300,000 a day protecting Trump Tower between Election Day and his inauguration on January 20, and $127,000 to $145,000 per day since then. He'll be visiting the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Thursday, a commemoration of 75 years since a pivotal World War II naval conflict in which USA and Australian forces beat back Japanese counterparts.
More than 2,500 have already RSVP'd on Facebook to one in DeWitt Clinton Park, just blocks away from the Intrepid, organized by the Working Families Party, while up to thousands more are expected to turn out in front of Trump Tower. He and his friends, without their parents' approval, would ride the subway into Manhattan and marvel at the circus-like atmosphere that seemed to teem from Times Square and other areas in NY, friends say.
Protest organisers are encouraging participants to bring pots and pans to bang in the hope Mr Trump will hear. Trump has made Florida visits to his private club, Mar-a-Lago, as president.
Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, also drew the ire of the NYPD when his Justice Department suggested last month that the city was "soft on crime" despite record-low crime rates in the nation's largest city.
Trump has also caused a financial headache for the city.More news: Bulls' Rondo fined for attempting to trip Celtics' Crowder
But Mayor Bill de Blasio this week welcomed $61 million of funding set aside in the federal budget for NY and law enforcement in other localities to protect Trump and his family.
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