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Trump says he’s an ‘ally’ to protesters as police fire tear gas in DC

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  • President Donald Trump called himself an “ally to all peaceful protesters” during a briefing at the White House on Monday while police dressed in riot gear clashed with peaceful protesters nearby. 
  • Protesters gathered in front of the White House ahead of Trump’s briefing, maintaining a distance from police behind a barrier.
  • But soon, police began to move protesters away from the White House area using tear gas and rubber bullets. 
  • Here’s how the protests played out in DC as Trump condemned the violent actions sparked from these demonstrations. 
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President Donald Trump called himself an “ally to all peaceful protesters” during a briefing at the White House on Monday while police dressed in riot gear clashed with peaceful protesters nearby. 

Trump gave addressed the unrest playing out across the US in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes. Floyd told the officer he couldn’t breathe.

The video of Floyd’s mistreatment at the hands of police was widely shared across social media and has since sparked a week of escalating protests across several US states. 

On Monday, Trump expressed support for “peaceful” protesters while decrying the violent actions that have branched off from some protests. 

“I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters, but in recent days our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa, and others,” Trump said at his briefing. 

“We cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob. The biggest victims of the rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities and as their president, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you,” he added. 

But nearby, authorities were already clashing with protesters that had gathered in front of the White House to demonstrate ahead of the president’s remarks. 

 

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