Trump retweets FBI wanted poster of alleged vandals in D.C. protests
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBT) – President Donald Trump not only signed an executive order today calling for long prison sentences for people who vandalize historical monuments but also retweeted an FBI wanted poster picturing alleged vandals.
“I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials and Statues – and combating recent Criminal Violence,” Trump announced on Twitter. “Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country.”
The White House did not release the text of the order.
Trump called for the arrest of protesters involved the attempt to pull down an Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square in front of the White House on Monday.
The protesters tried to topple the statue with ropes and chains, but police repelled them and sealed off the park.
The square had been reopened to the public for more than a week after protests against the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.
The FBI poster displays photos of 15 protesters who are wanted for “vandalization of federal property,” Trump tweeted.
“MANY people in custody, with many others being sought for Vandalization of Federal Property in Lafayette Park. 10 year prison sentences!” the president wrote.
D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department released statistics showing that nine people were arrested Tuesday night, and a total of 12 were between Monday and Wednesday. There were no protest-related arrests on Thursday, according to the MPD.
“These arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators have been largely stopped,” Trump tweeted. “I am doing what is necessary to keep our communities safe — and these people will be brought to Justice!”
On Tuesday, police cleared out the area around 16th and H streets and pushed demonstrators away from the intersection, which the city recently renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza.
Continuing to keep Twitter busy today, Trump said he scrapped plans to spend the weekend at his central New Jersey home and nearby golf course to stay in Washington “to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced.”
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