Trump says he signed an executive order to protect the monuments

President TrumpDonald John Trump The Trump administration asks the Supreme Court to defeat ObamaCare Trump says there will be ‘retribution’ for those who disfigure the monuments of the White House task force that tracks coronavirus spikes even when Trump says the virus is ‘disappearing’: MORE report He said Friday that he signed a “very strong” executive order aimed at protecting federal monuments and statues from vandalism amid ongoing protests against racial inequality and police brutality.

“I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order that protects the Monuments, Monuments and Statues of the United States, and combats recent criminal violence,” Trump tweeted on Friday afternoon.

The White House has not released details about the executive order. Trump said earlier this week that he was preparing such an order after efforts to topple a federal statue near the White House in Washington, DC. At the time, Trump said the order would strengthen the existing law.

The Veterans Monument Preservation Act passed in 2003 already allows authorities to impose fines and a prison sentence of up to a decade for “attempts to injure or destroy any structure, plaque, statue, or other monument on public property that commemorates the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the United States. “

Trump told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday that the executive order “would consolidate several things.”

Trump targeted protesters who tried Monday to tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, which is across from the White House. Since then, the National Guard has been active in DC to protect federal monuments.

Trump told Fox News Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump says there will be “retribution” for those who disfigure the monuments Trump visits on the Wisconsin state battlefield, promoting manufacturing and military investment. at a city hall that aired Thursday that protesters who deface or demolish statues or monuments are likely to face “retribution.”

Trump has also opposed efforts to rename military bases to honor Confederate leaders, the subject of a renewed debate amid internal unrest following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody. .