President Donald Trump and his wife Melania celebrated their Independence Day with a “we’ve had the best day” speech, as they left Washington DC’s Lincoln Memorial.
The US President and First Lady arrived in New York’s Times Square on Tuesday for their first visit to the city since taking office in January.
They are expected to return to the capital city on Friday to celebrate Independence Day.
Trump and Melania, the first couple to visit the US capital in decades, are the first members of the family to visit New York since Bill Clinton in 1998.
“We’re going to see how it goes, I know how you feel,” Trump told the crowd of hundreds of thousands on Monday night.
“I’m just here to say thank you.
It’s been a great trip, it’s been wonderful,” Trump said.”
The fact that we’re here with you today, and you’re having a great time.
That’s what we love about this country.
That you’re making history.”
Trump’s visit to New York was not without controversy.
In November, the President and his family were subjected to an angry and divisive reaction from some of his supporters, who branded them “racist” and “Nazis”.
“They want to ban people from going to the United States,” Trump, a former reality television star, told the Associated Press news agency in October.
“And they’re going crazy over it.
And I’m not going to let them do that.”
But Trump later said his remarks had been misinterpreted, and that he was simply expressing his support for the US flag and the country’s heritage.
Trump has faced criticism for his frequent travel to New Jersey, New York, California and Florida.
The First Lady and their daughter, Charlotte, have spent the past week on an extended vacation in the US, spending their time in the United Kingdom, Canada and France.
“This was a very, very special day for the country,” Melania Trump said on Monday.
“It was an opportunity for us to celebrate together, and to celebrate what we have in common.”
Trump has frequently criticized the US media, and he has used his time on the road to take shots at his critics.
He was also critical of President Barack Obama and Democrats in general, tweeting “The Democrats will stop at nothing to destroy my Presidency.
This will not be tolerated!”
In February, the First Lady addressed the crowd at the Capitol and thanked her family for the support they had received during the first year of their husband’s presidency.
“To those of you who are angry or frustrated, we appreciate it,” she said.
“We are doing our best to make the country great again.
This is a long journey.
We are so grateful to you for your support and your encouragement.”