Donald Trump bragged Tuesday that law enforcement "dominated" Monday night in Washington DC because he said there were "no problems" with rioters, but in the same tweet he said there were "many arrests" – and then drove off the remains of chaos to visit a Catholic shrine.
& # 39; D.C. had no problems last night, «Trump bragged in his tweet Tuesday morning. & # 39; Lots of arrests. Great job done by everyone. Overwhelming power. Domination. & # 39;
"Minneapolis was also great (thanks to President Trump!)," He added, while continuing to acknowledge the de-escalation of the riots in Minneapolis, Minnesota after he asked the Democratic governor to activate the National Guard there after protests triggered by death by George Floyd by the city police.
Despite the president's claim, the DC riots continued in full on Monday – even after 7 p.m. A curfew has been issued.
Looting, arson and clashes between rioters and law enforcement continued in the country's capital as military helicopters hovered low above the streets and used tactics in Iraq and Afghanistan to stop insurgents.
And when the city was tidied up on Tuesday morning, Trump took Melania on a trip to the National Shrine to Pope John Paul II when Democrats like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi beat him up for gassing and "striking" demonstrators with tears to make him could pose in front of another church on Monday evening.
The growing controversy surrounding Trump's photo op came as follows:
- Violence and looting occurred for the seventh time in a row in cities across the country.
- Five police officers were shot and a fast-moving off-road vehicle hit police officers in Manhattan.
- New York extended the curfew until the end of the week when businesses like Macy's were looted.
- Trump claimed New York was "lost to the looters" and requested Governor Andrew Cuomo's call to the National Guard – then he maintained his false claim that the National Guard should be used by the President;
- The New York Attorney General said she would sue Trump if he tried to use the military for the state and triggered a clash that could end in a constitutional crisis.
- The Minneapolis police union leader is said to have described George Floyd as a "violent" criminal and defended the four officials released for his death, including his alleged murderer.
- The split across the country messed up one of his richest men when Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg faced an internal rebellion because he refused to censor Trump's words and then told employees he was "disgusted" with what the President said .
However, Trump tried to put this aside by going to the shrine and posing in front of the late Pope, who is now a saint, who is hand in hand with Melania, and says nothing about the violence.
Donald Trump claimed Tuesday morning that there had been "no problem" in Washington DC on Monday, but also claimed that there had been "many arrests" as violent protesters continued the streets of the United States on another night of unrest over George Floyd's death The nation's capital
This looks normal: Despite Trump's allegation, the scenes in the nation's capital resembled other nights in the city – and even military helicopters hovered over protesters and rioters to disperse the crowd
Demonstrators continued to teach law enforcement agencies that blocked streets and parts of the city
The president went from the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church, which was set on fire during Sunday’s riots, on Monday for a photo op, holding up his Bible after explaining in the rose garden he was America's law and order president & # 39;
He was driven on a motorcade through a city marked by violence, which he claimed did not occur, with protest signs on his route.
Trump's visit to the shrine was followed by the signing of a "Proclamation on Religious Freedom" to show how he wanted to address religious voters.
The Sanctuary of Pope John Paul II is located in northeast Washington, DC and is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. While it is a place of prayer for Catholics, it welcomes people of all faiths.
The President will drive there with First Lady Melania.
Melania claims to be Catholic, but has never been seen in public in a Catholic church, and it has been a full year since the President last attended a service.
The move takes place the morning after President Trump uses the front of St. John's Episcopal Church, which was boarded up, for a photo op on Monday – peaceful demonstrators gassed and pushed back by the police on horseback to tears were.
It is located just across the north side of the White House, separated only by Lafayette Park, which was gassed to tears to disperse the demonstrators just before the President emerged from his residence to take the short walk across the street – flanked from the Cabinet of Secret Service members, helpers and the media all the way there and back.
Church priests revealed on Monday that they were part of a peaceful crowd that was tearfully gassed by police officers who paved the way for Trump.
Gini Gerbasi, a rector of the church, announced on Facebook on Monday that she and other clergy and laity distributed water to demonstrators when the police flooded the area, knocked demonstrators, used tear gas, and fired rubber bullets.
"This man made it a BATTLE GROUND first and then a cheap political stunt," Gerbasi said in her post.
St. John & # 39; s has been boarded up in recent days as a protest around the White House and gathered in Lafayette Park, which is between the White House and the church. Rioters posted one in the basement of the church on Sunday
The protesters in Lafayette Park were gassed to tears and hit with non-lethal rubber bullets to clear the way for the President's walk across the street
Before going to church through the White House entrance gates, Trump said in his Rose Garden speech to the nation that he would go to "show my respect to a very special place".
The visit was a clear photo op, during which he spent less than five minutes in front of the church and asked members of his cabinet to stand by his side and face the media.
He was joined by Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Attorney General Barr, National Security Advisor Robert O & # 39; Brien, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Mark Milley, was part of the retinue, but was not called by the president to take part in the photo op.
When he got to the church, he declared America the "greatest country in the world" before holding his Bible up for a picture.
He also claimed, "We will keep it safe (America)."
A fire burned in the basement of St. John's Church on Sunday evening, but the chapel was not affected and was boarded up during the violent protests.
The church burned on Sunday when rioters came to Lafayette Park, where they set fire to American flags and face law enforcement officials and were gassed to tears – other protesters also surrounded the White House.
Trump's appearance in St. John’s was the first time since June 2019 that the president publicly visited a church.
Every seated president, except Richard Nixon, has visited the church at least once since it was built in 1816, starting with James Madison.
Trump was reportedly angry with the news that he had fled to a White House bunker on Friday and was concerned about his safety during George Floyd's protests when it was in Washington, DC, and in hundreds of other cities across the country there was unrest.
Trump told his aides that he wanted to be seen at the gates of the White House, which led to his walk to St. Johns, according to CNN White House correspondent Kaitlin Collins.
But his photo shoot sparked outrage from church leaders and rival politicians, and caused the Arlington County police to pull their officers out of the capital after being charged with demonstrators.
Rector Gerbasi revealed in a shocked Facebook post that she and other Black Lives Matter organizers, among other clergy and laity, were distributing water and helping demonstrators when the police launched tear gas and non-lethal bullets at protesters.
"This man made it a BATTLE GROUND first and then a cheap political stunt," wrote Gerbasi.
Rector Gini Gerbasi (left) and priest Glenna Huber (right) say they are part of the crowd of peaceful George Floyd protesters gassed by the police to tears and hit with rubber bullets to help President Donald Trump take pictures of St. John's church
Priest Glenna Hubber shared this post and showed how she and other volunteers distributed water bottles to demonstrators outside the White House when the police came
Glenna Huber, a priest and principal at The Church of the Epiphany, said she was helping volunteers when the police violently pushed her out over Trump's photo opportunity
Bishop of Washington DC, Bishop Mariann Budde, struck the president for using violence to "use the church as a prop".
"Friends, I'm fine, but frankly I'm shaken … At around 6:15 or 6:30 a.m. the police really started pushing the demonstrators off H Street … They started using tear gas, and people ran to us for eye wash or water or wet paper towels, ”she said.
She said she was appalled to learn that the clash with protesters should clear the area for Trump.
Gerbasi shared this shocked post on Facebook, describing how the police used to force peaceful demonstrators out of St. John's Church
& # 39; I literally couldn't believe it. We were evicted from the terrace in St. John's – a place of peace, tranquility, and all-day medical care – so the man in front of the church had a chance to take pictures. People were hurt to pose with a Bible in front of the church, ”she said.
Glenna Huber, priest and rector of the Epiphany, was also in the church, helping the demonstrators when the police came and forced the crowd out.
& # 39; I am horrified. Just moments before we distributed snacks and water. Some men sang on the steps. People sang and gathered peacefully. I left when the National Guard arrived. They sprayed tear gas. I was gone from the rubber bullets. And then the president said: & # 39; Hubber posted on Facebook.
After the incident, Arlington County officials called their police out of Washington DC after their officers armed in ACPD helmets and combat equipment helped US park officials disperse protesters near the church.
Arlington officials said they sent officials on request from the park police for mutual help on Sunday, but did not know that officials would be used to clash with protesters, and sent their police home.
& # 39; Horrified mutual aid agreement that has been misused to compromise your and others' safety for a photo operation. We told @ArlingtonVaPD to leave DC immediately. & # 39; County Board chairman Libby Garvey tweeted Monday night, about two hours after Trump's photo session.
The ACPD officials have left the district under instructions from the County Board, County Manager, and Chief of Police. We are currently reviewing the agreements that allowed our officers to take a compromising position that undermined the purpose of these mutual aid commitments, ”said County Board member Katie Cristol.
Arlington County police officers are pushing demonstrators outside the White House and these police officers have been called from Washington DC.
& # 39; Horrified mutual aid agreement that has been misused to jeopardize yours and the safety of others for a photo operation. We told @ArlingtonVaPD to leave DC immediately. Libby Garvey, Arlington County's chief executive, tweeted Monday night, about two hours after Trump's photo session
The President spoke on television from the rose garden on Monday night, and tear gas canisters exploded in the background before going to church with a Bible in hand.
Trump claimed he was an ally of peaceful demonstrators, but warned, "I am your president of law and order."
After his speech, he went to church for his photo shoot.
The demonstrators in the area on Monday evening appeared to be acting peacefully before being driven out by aggressive measures such as rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas.
Washington DC bishop Mariann Budde struck Trump for using violence to drive George Floyd protesters out and pose in front of the contested church.
Bishop Budde said: "I am outraged. I am the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and did not even get the courtesy call that they would clarify with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop, a Bible in hand that explains that God is love and if anything he said and did is to inflame violence. & # 39;
Budde said neither she nor the principal were told that the authorities would clear teardrop gas demonstrators, she told the Washington Post.
Trump called members of his cabinet, including Attorney General Bill Barr (left), National Security Advisor Robert O & # 39; Brien (second from left), and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (right)
The president imagined walking to St. John's Church from the White House in Lafayette Park on Monday evening. He was flanked by members of his cabinet, adjutants, the secret service and various media representatives
A member of the U.S. Secret Service counterattack team carries a sniper rifle through Lafayette Park while U.S. President Donald Trump holds a photo opportunity in front of the St. John’s Episcopal Church opposite the White House amid George Floyd protests
She added: “We distance ourselves so much from this President's messages. We believe the teachings of our sacred texts to be justified for our lives and everything we do, and it is about charity and sacrifice and justice. "
It appeared on CNN on Monday night and beat Trump's photo op as "abuse of a sacred symbol to justify an approach to this crisis that contradicts everything we stand for".
The president posed for photographers and held a Bible in his hand as he stood in front of the 200-year-old church that has been visited by every president since James Madison.
& # 39; We have a great country. It will not take long. It won't be long to see what's going on. It comes back and it comes back strongly. It's going to be bigger than ever, ”Trump said as protesters, helicopters, and explosions shouted in the background.
Budde blew up Trump on MSNBC after it was revealed that protesters near the church were hit with tear gas and rubber bullets before the President's arrival
Budde said the church would part with the Trump administration
The historic church burned down on Sunday evening when police clashed with demonstrators. The cause of the fire is unknown
Orange flames broke out from part of the church on Sunday evening
Presidential candidate Joe Biden also condemned Trump's use of military measures against demonstrators.
& # 39; He uses the American military against the American people. He gassed peaceful demonstrators in tears and fired rubber bullets. For a photo. For our children, for the soul of our country, we have to defeat it. But I am serious when I say that: we can only do it together, «Biden tweeted on Monday evening.
Florida MP Val Demings tweeted, “When we accused this president, we warned that he was a waiting dictator. I now believe what I believed back then: this president is a threat to our democracy, our families and to us. & # 39;
New York Andrew Cuomo criticized the president as "shameful" for dispersing peaceful demonstrators on his own agenda
CNN White House correspondent Kaitlin Collins tweeted that Trump was upset by the news that he fled to a White House bunker during George Floyd's protests on Friday, and told his aides that he wanted to be at the gates of the White House can be seen, which prompted him to walk to St. Johns
Trump imagined walking past a building on Monday after his opportunity to take pictures at St. John’s Church, which had been blurred by demonstrators in Lafayette Park
The president imagined how he first pumped when he went through a line of riot police in Lafayette Park opposite the White House when he woke up at St. John's Church on Monday
New York Andrew Cuomo criticized the president as "shameful" for using military force to disperse peaceful demonstrators on his own agenda.
& # 39; The President calls on the American military against American citizens. He used the military to make a peaceful protest so he could take a picture in a church. It's all just a reality TV show for this president. Shameful, ”Cuomo tweeted Monday night.
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