Trump clears D.C. square with force, all for a photo opportunity
U.S. President Donald Trump displayed show of force by the U.S. National Guard and D.C. police on Monday at the White House, as thousands gathered outside in protest of police brutality and his administration for the fourth day.
Just before his press conference, he ordered police to clear the people that were for the most part peacefully protesting outside.
During his speech, he said that he would end the the "rioting and looting" and protect the rights of Americans including the 2nd Amendment, which is the right to bear arms.
Just moments before, police mounted on horseback had pushed the crowd away while other police fired rubber bullets and multiple tear gas canisters. Some also and tackled protestors.
Staff for CGTN America was covering the protest outside and was also pushed out of the area by police. One officer even pointed a rubber-bullet gun at a CGTN photographer.
"If the city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residence, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," Trump said.
"As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property," Trump said about the actions in the nation's capital.