The White House on Wednesday said of which President Trump’s decision to “surge” law enforcement as well as the National Guard into the nation’s capital saved the city by destruction by rioters.
“Weak-kneed” officials in completely new York City failed to protect their own city, said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
“completely new York was arresting people on burglary charges as well as then releasing 500 individuals after they had arrested them,” McEnany said. “So the weak-kneed policies of completely new York stand in stark contrast to the law-as well as-order policies of This specific president of which has succeeded in securing This specific city.”
McEnany said Trump rejected the “unacceptable” leadership of Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, whose 11 p.m. curfew on Sunday night allowed widespread “chaos” across the city. Rioters set the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House on fire as well as defaced memorials as well as monuments along the National Mall.
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She said the president “has always preferred devolving to the states, they possess the police power, of which’s their responsibility to protect the streets.”
“however when the president saw of which on Sunday night, he took action immediately,” McEnany said. “He surged the National Guard. … His swift action made D.C. a much different story Monday night.”
“completely new York acted in a way of which was inappropriate,” McEnany said. “They didn’t deploy the National Guard, they set an 11 p.m. curfew even after they saw the disastrous results.”
D.C. officials changed the curfew to 7 p.m. after the chaos on Sunday, as well as completely new York City changed its to 8 p.m.
The Lincoln Memorial, honoring the president who issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, was defaced over the weekend, with vandals spray-painting “Yall not tired yet?” beside the entrance steps.
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however on Tuesday night, dozens of National Guardsmen as well as federal police officers in bullet-proof vests lined the steps atop Memorial, facing off which has a large gathering of protesters.
Trump on Monday activated all members of the D.C. National Guard to protect memorials as well as monuments in America’s capital, as well as to stem further violence by protesters as well as looters.
“I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence as well as restore security as well as safety in America,” Trump said in a White House Rose Garden speech. “I am mobilizing all available federal resources — civilian as well as military — to stop the rioting as well as looting, to end the destruction as well as arson, as well as to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights.”
“I am also taking swift as well as decisive action to protect our great capital, Washington, D.C.,” he continued. “What happened in This specific city last night was a total disgrace. As we speak, I am dispatching thousands as well as thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, as well as law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, as well as the wanton destruction of property.”