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President Trump speaks at Utah Capitol, shrinks monuments

President Trump speaks at Utah State Capitol. (Photo: KUTV)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - President Donald Trump will speak at the Utah State Capitol Monday afternoon to announce the reduction of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments and deliver other remarks.

Trump arrived Monday morning alongside Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

During his address, Trump said Utahns know how to manage their land better than bureaucrats in Washington. He then announced that he would sign two presidential proclamations to modify Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, though no details were provided.

Utah Navajos with Protect the Bears Ears expressed support for the proclamation.

Protect Bears Ears is comprised of San Juan County residents seeking to keep their land "protected under a Conservation designation, NOT A MONUMENT."

Not all Navajos feel the same, as the Navajo Nation Council condemned the downsizing in a press release, stating "Navajo Nation Council members have supported the Bears Ears National Monument through

several resolutions."

"Navajo Nation has been consistent in our message – we support the 1.35 million acre monument designation,” said Council Delegate Davis Filfred, who represents several Navajo communities in Utah.

The protest became illegal after the announcement when protesters moved from the Utah State Capitol onto State Street.

Northbound State Street at 100 S. became closed due to the protesters.

At approximately 1:12 p.m., police set up barricades to block protesters.

Protesters began to dissipate at 1:30 p.m.

Air Force One took off soon thereafter without any problems.

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