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Police gather to remove demonstrators from the area around Lafayette Park and the White House before President Trump's walk to St. John's Church. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption
Police gather to remove demonstrators from the area around Lafayette Park and the White House before President Trump's walk to St. John's Church.
The plaza between St. John's Episcopal Church and Lafayette Park was full of people nonviolently protesting police brutality late Monday afternoon when U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops suddenly started pushing them away for no apparent reason.
And then it became clear. President Trump wanted to walk from the White House through the park to the church. Camera crews scrambled to keep up with him as he strode through the park, followed by his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, along with Attorney General William Barr and other administration officials.
The impromptu visit came just after Trump delivered remarks at the White House, declaring himself "your president of law and order" and demanding that governors deploy National Guard units and "dominate the streets."
The Bible teaches us to love God and our neighbor; that all people are beloved children of God; that we are to do justice and love kindness. The President used our sacred text as a symbol of division.— Mariann Budde (@Mebudde) June 2, 2020
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