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Politics White House compares Trump's church visit to Churchill

00:10  04 june  2020
00:10  04 june  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Bishop of DC church outraged by Trump visit: 'I just can't believe what my eyes have seen'

  Bishop of DC church outraged by Trump visit: 'I just can't believe what my eyes have seen' Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington said Monday evening that she is "outraged" after President Donald Trump visited her church without advance notice to share "a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus."Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington said Monday evening that she is "outraged" after President Donald Trump visited her church without advance notice to share "a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus.

The Rev Mariann Budde noted that Mr Trump did not pray during his visit to St John’ s Church in Washington DC. A US bishop has sharply criticised US president Donald Trump for staging a visit to the historic St John’ s Church across from the White House , where he held up a bible after authorities

Trump held up a Bible after visiting historic St. John' s Church . The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington sharply criticised President Donald Trump for staging a visit to the historic St. John' s Church across from the White House , where he held up a Bible after authorities had cleared the area

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday compared President Trump's photo opportunity in front of St. John's Episcopal Church to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's examination of World War II bombing damage in 1941.

a close up of a woman: White House compares Trump's church visit to Churchill © Getty Images White House compares Trump's church visit to Churchill

The press secretary likened the controversial walk by Trump, which was immediately preceded by police aggressively pushing peaceful protesters out of Lafayette Square, not only to the famous Churchill visit but also to several notable moments in U.S. presidential history.

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Attorney General William Barr ordered protesters to be cleared from a park near the White House , setting the stage for authorities to break up a peaceful demonstration ahead of President Trump ' s surprise visit to a nearby church , a senior Justice Department official said Tuesday.

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"Through all of time, we have seen presidents and leaders across the world who have had leadership moments and very powerful symbols that were important for a nation to see at any given time to show a message of resilience and determination," she said, "Like Churchill, we saw him inspecting the bombing damage. It sent a powerful message of leadership to the British people."

McEnany then mentioned former President George W. Bush throwing out the ceremonial first pitch after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"And George W. Bush throwing out the ceremonial first pitch after 9/11 and Jimmy Carter putting on a sweater to encourage energy savings and George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act flanked by two disabled Americans," added McEnany, who looked at notes on her podium as she spoke.

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In order to facilitate Trump ’ s statement there, she said, she believed tear gas was used in the area between the White House and the church . Budde said “our suffering was minimal” compared with businesses that were destroyed by recent looting, even as she defended the goals of peaceful

President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. John' s Church across Lafayette Park from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Budde said “our suffering was minimal” compared with businesses that were destroyed by recent looting, even as she defended the goals of

"For this president, it was powerful and important to send a message that the rioters, the looters the anarchists, they will not prevail, that burning churches are not what America is about," McEnany said.

Trump has faced blowback from religious leaders, Democrats and some Republicans for the photo opportunity in front of St. John's Episcopal Church on Monday evening.

Trump's visit to the church, which was briefly set on fire the night prior amid violent protests in the nation's capital, came after he delivered a speech pressuring states and cities to crack down on protesters.

Trump described himself as an "ally" of peaceful protesters but decried destructive protests that he attributed to anarchists, looters, antifa and others, insisting on the importance of maintaining "law and order." He also warned he was prepared to send in the military to secure cities and states that do not sufficiently crack down on demonstrations.

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President Trump poses with a Bible outside St. John' s Church after a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday. Democrats were more far united in their assessments, with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) comparing Trump ’ s actions to that of a dictator.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer- Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945

"These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of domestic terror," Trump said during the Rose Garden address. "The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against God."

McEnany said Monday that the decision to clear Lafayette Square was made by Attorney General William Barr Monday morning, "long before" discussion about Trump's visit to the church. The protesters were cleared just after 6:30 p.m. Monday evening, ahead of a 7 p.m. citywide curfew. Law enforcement officers used chemical agents to clear the crowds.

On Wednesday, McEnany said authorities used appropriate force in clearing the protesters, noting a statement from U.S. Park Police that described demonstrators throwing bricks and frozen water bottles at authorities.

"I think U.S. Park [Police], when having bricks thrown at them and frozen water bottles, had the right to act," McEnany told reporters. "They acted with the appropriate level of force to protect themselves, to protect the average citizenry and to protect the peaceful protesters who were among them as well."

Updated at 4:18 p.m.

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