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Trump motorcade snarls morning traffic across Phoenix area

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PHOENIX — President Donald Trump’s motorcade drove to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Wednesday morning, snarling traffic in the process.

Freeways across the Phoenix area were backed up for miles after the motorcade made its way from Paradise Valley to the airport.

A Twitter feed that tracks unusual traffic patterns in the Valley said the trouble began about 8:20 a.m., about when the motorcade left the Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa, located near Tatum Boulevard and Lincoln Drive.

State Route 51 was snarled because of the motorcade, which added more than 30 minutes to some people’s drive.

Traffic was exceptionally bad along 16th Street, which many drivers were taking to avoid SR 51.

The trouble continued along the Loop 202, one of the main arteries that connects the East Valley to downtown Phoenix.

Traffic at the airport was also affected by Trump making his way to Air Force One.

Trump held a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday night. He spoke about the media, Arizona’s two senators with whom the president has feuded and hinted he planned to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The presidential rally inspired a large protest in downtown Phoenix that continued for hours after Trump wrapped his speech just after 8 p.m.

Police deployed teargas and flashbangs to break up the crowds. Four protest-related arrests were made.

Trump was scheduled to leave the Valley at 8:45 a.m., but ran a couple of minutes late.

Maybe it was the traffic.

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