US President Donald Trump has claimed he only went to the White House’s secure bunker during riots outside his Washington DC residence to ‘inspect it.’
The President of the United States told Fox News Radio: ‘It was much more for the inspection. I was there for a tiny, short little period of time. They said it would be a good time to go down and take a look because maybe sometime you’re going to need it.’
Trump went on the defensive after sharing tweets taunting protesters who gathered outside the White House last Friday, and boasting that he ‘couldn’t have felt more safe’ while he ‘watched every move.’
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The president omitted to mention that he’d been taken to the building’s bunker, whose security measures are top secret but are believed to help make it one of the most secure facilities on Earth. Media reports indicated that he had spent just under an hour there after Black Lives Matter protesters gathered at the White House’s outer perimeter.
The president was accused of further inflaming the situation by tweeting that protesters would be met by ‘the most vicious dogs’ and ‘the most ominous guns’ if they did manage to enter the White House grounds. He also claimed that young Secret Service agents ‘love’ the practice that clashing with rioters gives them.
Trump appears to have been caught on the back foot by ongoing protests and riots following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis Police Department cop.During the Fox News Radio chat, he repeated threats to put troops on the streets to quell ongoing riots across US cities, saying: ‘If they don’t get their act straightened out I will solve it. I’ll solve it fast.’
The president was condemned on Monday after peaceful protesters and at least one priest was tear-gassed so he could walk from the White House to a nearby church damaged in the riots for publicity photos.
Trump posed with a Bible on the steps of St John’s Episcopal Church for 17 minutes, but did not say a single prayer or mention George Floyd’s name. A spokesman for the president has disputed tear gas was used, but the US Centers for Disease Control has refuted that denial.Photo Credit: Getty