Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, has become the first former US President to be arrested on criminal charges. Today, he was arraigned at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse on charges related to hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016.
Trump left his home at Trump Tower shortly after 13:00 local time, waving to waiting cameras and making a fist before getting into his car. The former president’s motorcade took just minutes to make the 6.4 km (4-mile) drive from Trump Tower to the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse.
During the drive, Trump posted on his social media website, “Seems so SURREAL — WOW, they are going to ARREST ME.” Despite the surprising nature of his arrest, Trump appeared calm and serious as he entered the courthouse, pausing to wave at the crowd gathered outside.
The former president is now inside the courthouse, where he will hear the charges against him. Legal analysts predict that the trial could become one of the most closely watched and high-profile cases in recent US history. It remains to be seen how this unprecedented event will unfold and what implications it could have for Trump and his political future.
Stay tuned for further updates as more details become available in this developing story.