Protester throws Russian flags at Donald Trump

A man was taken into custody at the US Capitol Tuesday, after he heckled President Trump and threw Russian flags at him.
VIDEO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A liberal protester threw small Russian flags at Donald Trump on Tuesday (Oct 24) and repeatedly shouted “Trump is treason” as the US President arrived on Capitol Hill for lunch with Republican lawmakers.

The man was just metres from Trump and standing among a pool of reporters in a Senate hallway.

Trump ignored the man, although he did give the thumbs-up sign as the red white and blue flags of Russia fell at his feet, and kept walking along with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell.


Trump gestures to reporters as miniature Russian flags thrown from a protester fall in front of him, PHOTO: REUTERS

“This President conspired with agents of the Russian government to steal the election,” the protester shouted before being detained by Capitol police.

Trump was at Congress to attend a weekly Republican luncheon and push his proposal for sweeping tax cuts.

The protester was identified as Ryan Clayton, leader of a group called Americans Take Action, which is pushing for Trump to be impeached.

Clayton was already known for having passed around Russian flags at a conference of conservative activists outside Washington.

Congressional panels and special prosecutor Robert Mueller are investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with what US intelligence agencies have said were unmistakable Russian attempts to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton in the November election.