WASHINGTON: After US President Donald Trump ordered police to use tear gas to clear protestor from outside the White House so he could pose for photographs at a nearby church damaged during civil unrest, presumptive Democratic presidential candidate in the November election Joe Biden slammed him.
"He tear-gassed peaceful protesters and fired rubber bullets. For a photo," Biden tweeted late Monday. "For our children, for the very soul of our country, we must defeat him."
Trump on Monday visited St. John's church that was set ablaze on Sunday night in violent protests here over the custodial killing of African-American George Flyod, a day after he was forced to take shelter in a White House bunker.
Trump stood in front of the boarded-up St John's church with a Bible in his hand.
The church is at a walking distance across the White House through the Lafayette Park, which has been a hub of violent protest in Washington DC for the past few days. Earlier, the entire Lafayette Park was cleared of protestors. The protestors were forcefully removed from the park with police using tear gas.
Floyd, a 46-year-old man was pinned to the ground in Minneapolis last week by a white police officer who kneeled on his neck as he gasped for breath.