Police fire rubber bullets, tear gas to disperse peaceful protest near White House in order to clear way for Trump photo-op at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

  • Police action came as U.S. President Donald Trump vowed in a press conference at the Rose Garden to initiate a massive show of force to end violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody.
  • As the police action against protesters gave him safe passage, Trump walked from the White House to nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church along with his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner and officials including U.S. Attorney General William Barr, where they posed for photos as the president held up a Bible.
  • Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, the Episcopal Bishop of Washington, said, “There was no reaching out, no sense that it would require some sort of authorization before using the church as a backdrop in that way,”
  • She also chastised the President for his use of a Christian Bible. “It almost looked like a prop. That is the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition. It speaks messages of love, of God, love of neighbor. I was outraged that he felt that he had the license to do that, and that he would abuse our sacred symbols and our sacred space in that way.”