New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) is traveling to Hamburg, Germany to deliver the keynote speech during a protest of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit, according to Bloomberg.
De Blasio will reportedly participate in a demonstration organized by a group called “Hamburg Zeigt Haltung” (or “Hamburg Shows Attitude) this Saturday.
Hamburg Zeigt Haltung told Bloomberg that it was paying for de Blasio’s travel to its event, which will protest President Trump and the growth of ring-wing populism in Europe.
“We pay for the travel because it’s worth [it] to not just hear the voice of President Trump in Germany these days,” the group said in a direct message on Twitter to Bloomberg.
Some Twitter users on Thursday blasted de Blasio’s travel plans, which were reportedly first disclosed by the mayor’s office in an update to his schedule at 4:15 p.m. that afternoon.
Bill de Blasio is flying to Germany to join the clowns protesting President Trump and other world leaders attending the G20 Summit meeting— mendy b (@TwiterTrump) July 6, 2017
Eric Phillips, de Blasio’s press secretary, said the late announcement of the mayor’s trip to Germany was due to when he decided to go.
“It’s important that American leaders confront head-on, locally and around the world, the damaging rhetoric and policy stances of the Trump administration,” he said.
“The Mayor will be sharing New York and American values with an international audience that we worry only sees and hears from our President.”
Trump arrived in Hamburg Thursday, the day before the 12th annual G20 Summit starts there and runs through Saturday.
The G20 is a global forum for the governments and central banks for the world’s 20 largest economies.
Protests have already erupted over this year’s edition due to the presence of Trump and other controversial leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin there.