Donald Trump has been slammed for a “horrific use of presidential power” after ordering police to disperse lawful protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets so he could stage photos of himself outside one of America’s most venerated churches across from the White House in Washington.
In a dramatic split-screen made-for-television moment, Mr Trump also said he would trigger a 213-year old “insurrection” power to impose “law and order” across America and use the US military as the country slipped into its seventh-straight night of unrest following the slaying by police of African American George Floyd.
Speaking from the Rose Garden at the very moment police beyond the White House fence began firing tear gas and flash grenades to disperse hundreds of people, Mr Trump said: “We will end it now.
“I am your President of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters.”
Mr Trump promised to deploy the National Guard into states regardless of whether or not local leaders wanted them.
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