President Donald Trump, flanked by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, holds a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, Aug. 15, 2017.
Photo: Al Drago/The New York Times
Photo: Al Drago/The New York Times

Demonstrator detained at Trump Tower; here’s what the Secret Service asked her

Political strategist Melissa Byrne was in Atlanta for Netroots Nation earlier this month when the discussion turned to protesting President Donald Trump.

The president would be returning to Trump Tower the next week for the first time since his inauguration, and a plan was quickly hatched for a demonstration inside the building.

Byrne had barely unfurled the banner she smuggled in before a guard grabbed it. Byrne ended up on the ground. She assumed she’d be escorted from the building but instead was handcuffed and taken to a room off the atrium of Trump Tower, where she found herself facing 10 NYPD officers and the Secret Service.

In an article she wrote for the Washington Post, Byrne details her “favorite parts of the conversation” with police and agents. 

What did they ask her? Read the full story on


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