A man is dangling from Chicago's Trump International Hotel and Tower by a rope. Described as being of Asian ethnicity, he is reported to be armed with a knife and prepared to cut through the rope if his demands to speak to US President Donald Trump are not met. He is dangling from the 16th-floor balcony of the 98-storey building in the 400 block of North Wabash, with police confirming reports were first received around 5.30pm local time. A SWAT team and Marine Unit are also at the scene, along with firefighters, while police are on the balcony above the man.
Photos and video footage show the man hanging in an abseiling position in line with the word 'Trump' in the building name. An eyewitness, aged 29, told the Mirror Online: "A man is currently hanging off the side of the tower. There are police on top of the tower and in boats on the river. Not sure how he got up there but has been there over an hour. Some reports are saying he is threatening suicide if he doesn’t speak to POTUS."
He added: "There was a large crowd both above and below the bridge, but people kind of faded away as the sunset."
The skyscraper condo-hotel in the Illinois city's downtown area is 1,390 feet high and was completed in 2009. Chicago Police Department has confirmed officers are responding to reports of a man threatening suicide. A spokesperson said "CPD, SWAT, and CFD personnel responded to the call of an unknown male threatening suicide and dangling from a rope on the 16th-floor balcony of a residential building/hotel. Details are preliminary and subject to change as more information becomes available."
Trump was at Newport Beach, California, earlier on Sunday before heading to Carson City, Nevada, amid his re-election campaign tour. Trump attended a church service in Las Vegas on Sunday morning. He shared a video of his motorcade on the road on Twitter, adding: "Another big crowd, see you soon!" It comes after The United Steelworkers beamed a "Biden Harris" sign onto the building on Saturday. USW started a 'batlight' tour in September, using an outdoor projector to shine images on buildings across the US to encourage steelworkers to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The former Vice President boasts a major lead on Republican nominee Trump in the polls ahead of the November 3 presidential election.