President Trump to issue executive order to protect monuments & ‘reinforce’ laws – The Sun

DONALD Trump announced he will be issuing an executive order to protect monuments and statues that protesters have been targeting.

“I will have an executive order very shortly, and all it’s really going to do is reinforce what’s already there, but in a more uniform way," Trump said as he was leaving the White House to head to Arizona.

The President's announcement follows after he first tweeted that he has authorized Feds to jail anyone who "vandalizes or destroys any monument or statue" for up to 10 years.

The President's Tuesday morning announcement on Twitter came as protesters across the nation have toppled Confederate statues.

"I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent…..," Trump tweeted early Tuesday.

Trump said in a second tweet: "…..This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused."

"There will be no exceptions!" he said.

Last night, protesters in Washington DC tried to topple a statue of former US President Andrew Jackson outside the White House.

Pictures shared by MSNBC on Tuesday morning showed a federal security officer biking around a closed Lafayette Park.

The statue of Jackson could be seen in front of the White House, with the word "KILLER" spray painted across the bottom.

Videos posted on social media from Monday night showed angry protesters climb on the statue, tie ropes around it, and attempt to force it from the pedestal.

The statue depicts Jackson in a military uniform, riding a horse that is rearing on its hind legs – but protesters gathered en masse this week to tear it down.

Hundreds of people locked arms to pull it down apparently in protest against the 19th century president's treatment of Native American.

Jackson remains in its place but protesters damaged the wooden wheels of four replica canons at its base, reported The Washington Post.

"Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Andrew Jackson’s got to go," protesters shrieked as they threw rope around the statue of the controversial seventh president.

On June 19, or Juneteenth – the day celebrating when slaves in Texas were freed in 1865 – demonstrators in Portland, Oregon pulled down a statue of George Washington.

Protesters set an American flag on fire and put it over Washington's head before the statue was toppled.

The words "GENOCIDAL COLONIST" were seen spray painted on the base of the statue before it was pulled down.

One of America’s founding fathers, Washington was a rich Virginia planter and a slaveholder.

The Smithsonian Magazine said: “Of the nine presidents who owned slaves, only Washington freed his."

CNN commentator Angela Rye, however, recently demanded the downing of all George Washington and Thomas Jefferson statues as they both owned slaves.

"American history is not all glorious. George Washington was a slave owner," Rye said.

"We need to call slave owners out for what they are."

The toppling of the statues comes amid ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died after Minneapolis, Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin was seen kneeling on his neck during an arrest on May 25.

Demonstrators have shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement as they call for an end to systemic racism and police brutality.

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