SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump made his first trip to Utah since taking office, visiting Welfare Square before traveling to the Capitol to sign two documents altering Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments Monday.
His visit also included meeting with leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after he arrived into Salt Lake shortly before 10:50 a.m. His trip last about 2 1/2 hours before he flew back to Washington.
In signing two proclamations, Trump broke the monuments into five smaller monuments, shrinking the amount of land owned by the federal government by more than 2 million acres.
The decision was applauded by some and protested by others, including five Native American nations announcing their plan to file a lawsuit. Some protesters marching down State Street also caused a road closure for about 20 minutes after Trump signed the proclamations.
Here's a recap of how is visit unfolded in real time:
POTUS boards Air Force One
Preparation for Trump's arrival
Mike Lee confident Trump will 'significantly' reduce national monuments
Seats filling at Capitol in anticipation for Trump
Trump to land soon
Trump lands in Salt Lake City
Trump arrives at Welfare Square; praises Hatch
Trump leaves Welfare Square; heads to Capitol
Trump takes stage at Capitol
Trump signs proclamations modifying size of 2 Utah national monuments
Protests outside Capitol
Here's what the new national monuments will look like
Trump leaves Utah; protests close portion of State Street
State Street reopens
Native American tribes announce lawsuit; other reaction to Trump's proclamations
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