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White House defends Trump church visit

White House defends Trump church visit

Jun 04, 2020

Washington DC (USA), June 4: The US administration of President Donald Trump has defended the forced removal of protesters to allow Trump to visit a church that was partially damaged in recent violence.
Trump visited the church near the White House on Monday after police forcibly cleared the area of peaceful protesters. They had gathered to demonstrate against the death of an unarmed black man in police custody in the state of Minnesota last week.
Democrats and US media have criticized the move as an unjustified use of force.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany explained to reporters on Wednesday that the decision to remove the demonstrators was made not by Trump, but by Attorney General William Barr.
McEnany defended the police action, saying, "They acted with the appropriate level of force to protect themselves and to protect the average citizenry and to protect the peaceful protesters who were among them as well."
Trump also visited a Catholic establishment in Washington on Tuesday amid protests, apparently to appeal to Christian voters whose support he needs to win reelection in November.
But some religious leaders have expressed anger at what they see as Trump's oppression of ordinary people and his use of the church for political gain.
Source: NHK World