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Trump supporters gather at concert

Press Association logoPress Association 19/01/2017

Thousands of Donald Trump supporters have gathered near one of Washington's famous landmarks for a concert celebrating his upcoming inauguration.

The event - dubbed the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration - is taking place close to the Lincoln Memorial, where country star Lee Greenwood and rock band 3 Doors Down are among the headline acts.

US President-elect Mr Trump has reportedly struggled to attract famous names to take part in the concert, while Broadway star Jennifer Holliday pulled out of the gig citing concerns raised by fans from the LGBT community.

Friends Ron Coughlin and Karen Jones, from New Jersey, were among the supporters watching the concert on one of the big screens near the Lincoln Memorial.

Mr Coughlin said he hoped Mr Trump's inaugural speech would include many of the topics he discussed during his election campaign and branded protesters "ignorant".

"I hope he reiterates most of the things he said in the campaign. That's what people want to hear," he said.

"The protesters are ignorant. Trump has done more since the election than Obama achieved in eight years."

Asked why she wanted to attend, Ms Jones replied: "We want to see our president."

Robert Dreyfus was joined at the concert by his sons Steve, 25, and David, 22.

"We're from New York so we've seen a lot of the work (Trump) has done," he said.

"I hope he cuts back on capital gains tax.

"My insurance premiums have gone crazy. I'm optimistic."

Earlier on Thursday, Mr Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence laid wreaths at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

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