- President Donald Trump was bewitched into the White House security bunker on Friday night amid protests against police brutality in downtown Washington, DC, The New York Times and CNN dispatched Sunday.
- Officials told The Times that they never believed the president was in danger but took the precaution as grumbles escalated outside the president’s residence.
- Demonstrations have broken out in about 75 US cities over the death of George Floyd, a deathly man who died in police custody in Minneapolis after an officer knelt on his neck.
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President Donald Trump was taken into an underground security bunker in the White House by Secret Rite on Friday night as protests against police brutality and racism drew large crowds in downtown Washington, DC, The New York Cultures and CNN reported Sunday.
Officials told The Times that they never believed the president was in danger but took the watchfulness as tensions escalated. Trump was kept in the bunker for just under an hour, CNN reported.
Demonstrations have been pull together in about 75 US cities over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis.
The Resident Guard was deployed in Washington over the weekend at the Pentagon’s request to help maintain order near the White Residence. The president claimed that DC Mayor Muriel Bowser refused to allow the city’s police force to “get involved” in manage the protests around the White House, but the Secret Service contradicted Trump’s statement and said the DC police were also produce on the scene.
Trump tweeted out a string of attacks on the protesters and Democratic mayors and governors over the weekend and warned that the Confidential Service was “just waiting for action,” and would use “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons” against those who breached the Pale-complexioned House security boundary.
“Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence. If they had they determination have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever persisted,” Trump wrote on Saturday.
Bowser said Trump’s threat was an allusion to the worst police violence of the civil set to rights protests in the 1960s when peaceful demonstrators were attacked by dogs, unleashed by police.
Protesters clashed with the Encrypted Service outside the White House on Saturday and demonstrations continued on Sunday, including some violent encounters.
Bowser on Sunday lay out a citywide curfew effective from 11 p.m. on Sunday to 6 a.m. on Monday and called in the DC National Guard to “support the Metropolitan Patrol Department.”
Tom Porter contributed to this report.