By JEFFREY M. BROWN The Washington Post • February 14, 2018 11:03:56The president of the United States is not only in Philadelphia, but he’s also being treated like a celebrity, and he is not even being given the courtesy of a White House press briefing.
President Donald Trump will not appear in public in Philadelphia until next month, and his arrival will mark his first visit to the city in three decades.
He will be greeted by a crowd of tens of thousands of people on his first public appearance since his inauguration, and even though the president is scheduled to deliver remarks later on Friday, the media will be allowed to cover the event from the White House grounds.
In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, Mr. Trump praised the city for its diverse population, including African-Americans, who are now disproportionately represented in local government.
“I am thrilled to welcome my friend, the president of Mexico, and I look forward to working with him and the other leaders of the country, including President Enrique Peña Nieto, to make progress toward a lasting peace in Mexico,” Mr. Trumps op-eds said.
“Philadelphia’s residents are diverse, but united by their love of America and their commitment to a better life for their children.”
Mr. Trump’s speech will be the first since he was inaugurated, and is a clear departure from the president’s previous public remarks.
During the 2016 campaign, Mr Trump spoke to a large crowd in the city, often appearing in front of a giant portrait of himself with the words, “Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, THANK you, Mr President!”
He did not make an appearance at the inauguration.
Mr. Peña is a Republican who is widely expected to defeat the Democratic incumbent.