The first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told reporters in Hamburg that police there "couldn't provide clearance for us to leave". They carried signs that condemned the state and declared "Welcome to hell". The mayor caught some pushback for leaving town in the wake of the tragic murder of an NYPD officer in the Bronx, but the trip had apparently been scheduled since last week.
"The big thing to watch will be what Putin asks for and what he offers in return and whether there's a sense of receptivity on the president's part", said Derek Chollet, executive vice president and senior adviser for security and defense policy at the German Marshall Fund, a Washington think tank. None of the activists managed to push into the no-go zone around the summit that the police had established. "Now more than ever, we need global cooperation to address issues such as Africa's rising population, antimicrobial resistance, China's c-section problem, HIV prevention, and corporate wellness schemes..."
The five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the world's movers and shakers - all seek different outcomes from the Hamburg summit. Macron has mockingly encouraged American climate scientists to move to France while also publicly lumping Trump in with autocrats like Putin and Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoǧan. Hamburg is home to some 550 Chinese companies, the highest number in Europe, and boasts a Chinese consul.
But fresh confrontations soon broke out nearby as protesters throwing stones and water bottles clashed with police near the waterfront.
The peaceful protest of around 12,000 demonstrators turned ugly after police intervened to stop several hundred masked protestors who refused to remove their black masks and bandanas.
In one of the most consequential decisions of his young administration, Trump could within days impose new restrictions, a decision that could impact trade with more than a dozen major countries.
"As we deny physical space to terrorists to operate in theatre, we must outpace the terrorist methodology as it develops to attack other vulnerable targets and increases inspired attacks". With corruption becoming an increasing issue in society, governments are aiming at achieving transparency and accountability to get public approval.
A total of 12 police officers had to abandon service due to the injuries, the Welt newspaper reported.
Violence seemed to be escalating on Friday evening as anti-globalisation activists forced their way into a closed train station by bending open the iron gates.
Instead, Prime Minister May opted to call for a crackdown on terrorist financing.
Anybody who shoots a flare in the direction of a police helicopter must be punished.
"The port is the DNA of Hamburg", said Hans-Joerg Heims of Hamburger Hafen, or HHLA.
All of which is on show in Hamburg, if you know where to look. When Barack Obama paid a final presidential visit to Berlin in November, it was said that he was unofficially anointing Mrs Merkel his successor as guardian of the global order.