White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated Monday that President Donald Trump’s administration is sorry for absolutely nothing about cops utilizing violent force to clear serene anti-racism protesters outside the White House recently.
“There’s no regrets on the part of this White House because, look, I’d note that many of those decisions were not made here within the White House,” she stated, indicating Chief law officer William Barr as the one who required police to confine on the boundary of the protest.
McEnany’s defense comes a week after numerous police cleared protesters requiring an end to cops cruelty versus Black Americans in Lafayette Square, the park outside the White House, 30 minutes prior to a curfew entered into impact. According to press reporters and video footage from the protest, cops utilized tear gas, pepper spray, smoke containers, stun grenades and rubber bullets to clear the mostly serene crowd– though Trump’s administration particularly rejects making use of tear gas.
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Minutes after clearing the protest, Trump strolled through the park to have a photo-op with a Bible while positioning in front of the historical St. John’s Church.
McEnany likewise declared that due to the fact that some “protesters started hurling objects” at officers, “Park Police acted as they felt they needed to at that time in response, and we stand by those actions.”
Press reporters at the event saw no proof that protesters were tossing items at authorities, bring into question claims by U.S. Park Authorities that protesters were pounding “bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids” at them.
While McEnany and other White House authorities have actually concentrated on Park Authorities’s role in cases, press reporters state the officers clearing the protest consisted of a mix of U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
When a press reporter pushed McEnany on Monday to state if Trump was really “not sorry for the way things went” at the protest, she rotated to 2 of Trump’s preferred scapegoats: the media and “antifa,” an umbrella term for leftist, anti-fascist militants.
“The president is sorry about the fact that antifa wreaks havoc in our streets and the failure of some members of the media to note that,” she stated, duplicating Trump’s unwarranted claims that the demonstrations are not in fact led by people outraged by systemic bigotry and the cops killing of George Floyd.
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