Under questioning, Barr says Trump’s Bible photo op was ‘entirely appropriate’ “I did not know he was going to do that until later in the day, after our plans were well underway to move the perimeter,
So there is no correlation between our tactical plan of moving the perimeter out by one block and the president’s going out to the church,” Barr said. Attorney General William Barr said Thursday that it was “entirely appropriate” to forcibly remove protesters from the area surrounding .
The White House ahead of President Trump’s seemingly impromptu photo opportunity in front of St. John’s Church. “I think the president is the head of the executive branch and the chief executive of the nation and should be able to walk outside ,
The White House and walk across the street to the church of presidents,” Barr said at a press conference when asked about regrets expressed Wednesday by Defense Secretary Mark Esper over the political implication of his appearance with the president at the church.
National Guard troops and chemical agents cleared the protesters from the area between the White House and the church. “I don’t necessarily view that as a political act,” Barr said. “I think it was entirely appropriate for him to do.”
He said he had already decided to expand the perimeter of the cleared zone by an additional block before he learned that the president planned to walk to “the church of presidents” to be photographed holding a Bible.
The White House on Friday night after protesters breached a barricade set up near the Treasury Department, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing arrest records and “people familiar with the incident.” In a Wednesday radio interview with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade,