Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington told CNN's Anderson Cooper that her community did not approve of President Trump's visit to St. Johns one of the churches in her diocese and distanced herself from his actions Monday afternoon.
"Let me be clear. The President just used a bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese without permission as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our churches stand for.And to do so, as you just said, he sanctioned the use of tear gas by police officers in riot gear to clear the church yard. I am outraged. The President did not pray when he came to St. John's," she told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "Nor, as you just articulated, did he acknowledge the agony of our country right now. And in particular, that of the people of color in our nation, who wonder if anyone ever anyone in public power will ever acknowledge their sacred worth, and who are rightfully demanding an end to 400 years of systemic racism and white supremacy in our country."
She added: "And I just want the world to know that we in the Diocese of Washington, following Jesus and his way of love, do not wedistance ourselves from the incendiary language of this President."
Rev. Robert Fisher of St. Johns Church in downtown Washington, DC, said he was unaware that President Trump would be stopping by the church on Monday evening.
I had no idea what was going to be going on at 7 p.m. tonight. I actually haven't seen any of it. I've been listening to it all, of course, and honestly, it feels like so many ways a surreal moment for me. So yeah, I feel like I'm in some alternative universe in some way, Fisher said in an interview on Fox News.
Fisher said the fire that broke out in his church on Sunday evening damaged one room in the basement of the church, and affected neither of the two historic buildings on the churchs property.
I went by it later in the night, actually in the wee hours of the morning and actually had a chance to inspect and look around myself, my wife and I. That was actually very positive moment because just personally. I was thrilled to see that the fire only burnt the nursery and the fire didn't expand out, Fisher said.
Fisher praised the peaceful protesters, saying they need to "stay on this message of fighting racism."
That is the only way that we are going to have healing and were going to really progress," he added.
He also made what some might consider a veiled criticism of Trump, who lives just across Lafayette park at the White House.
We hope that St. John's, its not just a historic church, it truly is, it is a remarkably historic church, but we seek to be a space for grace in the city, Fisher said. I find that the particular neighborhood that we are in is not always a place where you find grace.
President Trump was angered by coverage depicting him holed up in his bunker during protests near the White House and told aides on Monday he wanted to be seen outside the White House gates, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Trump's desire to be seen where the protests had occurred partly drove the decision to stage a photo-op at St. John's Church, which was preceded by police using tear gas and flash grenades to clear the area of peaceful protesters.
Trump and his family were rushed to the underground bunker as protests raged outside the White House on Friday evening. Trump wasn't seen on Sunday and spent most of Monday behind closed doors leading to concern even from his allies that he was absent at a moment of national crisis.
Trump expressed frustration that he was being depicted as alarmed by the protests outside his home and hunkered underground, believing he appeared weak.
More than 350 Customs and Border Protection officers and agents from the National Capital Region have been deployed in DC in order to support federal, state, and local partners to protect life, safety, and property, a CBP official tells CNN.
One of the first places theyll be is the Washington monument, the official said. They are expected to protect the monument.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said "no thank you" to President Trump's threat to mobilize US troops to deal with the widespread unrest followed by the death of George Floyd,the unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck as he was being arrested.
"The President wants to re-create reality here," Cuomo told CNN's Erin Burnett. "Even the pictures from Washington, DC, you had a number of protesters. They were peaceful protesters. They were young people, largely a white crowd in Washington, DC, who are offended at what they saw with the Floyd murder, which they should be."
Trump said from the Rose Garden Monday that he was committed to upholding laws and mobilizing military resources to end nationwide looting.
Cuomo insisted that they are individuals who are "destructive," but are a "small minority" of the demonstrators.
"The looting, the criminal activity is intolerable, and from a law enforcement point of view you need to weed them out, but they are intermingled with protesters," Cuomo said. "But what the President today did was he called out the Americanmilitary against American citizens."
In response to President Trump threatening to invoke the 1807 law to mobilize the military around the country,Illinois Gov.J. B. Pritzker said Monday that he rejects "that the federal government can send troops into the state of Illinois."
"The fact is that the President has created an incendiary moment here," Pritzker told CNN's Erin Burnett. "He wants to change the subject from his failure over coronavirus, a miserable failure and now seeing a moment when there's unrest because of the injustice that was done to George Floyd that he now wants to create another topic and something where he can be the law and order president."
Trump declared himself "your president of law and order" during remarks as peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with tear gas and flash bangs.
The Illinois governor added that Trump's approach to dealing with protesters outside the White House was wrong.
"Peaceful protesters have a right to be there," Pritzker said. "I saw what happened. I was watching CNN when all of a sudden the troops move forward, and then they started pushing the protesters, throwing tear gas canisters. This is not the way we behave in the United States. Our law enforcement are out there on streets trying to protect people. They're not at least here in Chicago, we're not in the business of trying to put down peaceful protests."
The 12-hour overnight curfew in Los Angeles is the harshest the city has seen since the riots of 1992, following the acquittal of officers accused of using excessive force in the beating of Rodney King, according to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.
While Moore welcomed the protests, he made clear: No violence will be supported. There is no place for those who wish to do harm.
To the owners of 88 businesses along Melrose Avenue whose stores were destroyed, Moore said, Were sorry.
Our efforts were to balance expression of public discord in a lawful, peaceful manner, Moore explained. Unfortunately, the powers and forces of those who wished to exact violence in the community overwhelmed us.
The California National Guard has deployed 1,000 members to Southern California to assist with law enforcement. Moore said he expects 2,000 members in the city by tomorrow morning and they will be posted at businesses that have been destroyed and at other vulnerable businesses.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said law enforcement will be prevalent throughout the county. We will be out there, not to intimidate, not to use any excessive force, he said, but to establish that the rule of law is present throughout Los Angeles County.
OregonGov.Kate Brown said she has resisted calls from Portland's mayor to activate the National Guard in response to the protests in the city over the last several days.
"Mayor (Ted) Wheeler asked me over the weekend to mobilize the National Guard and put them in direct confrontation with protesters," Brown said at a news conference. "This wasn't the first time that the mayor asked to mobilize the National Guard, and not the first time I have declined."
Instead, Brown said she directed theOregon State Police to deploy additional officers to support Portland's police.
Brown said she is sending 100 state police officers to the city today. She is also calling in 50Oregon National Guard members "to provide a support function only."
Brown reiterated several times that those troops will not be armed.
"Having soldiers on the streets across America is exactly what President Trump wants," Brown said. "He's made that very clear on a call this very morning with governors across the entire United States."
"I want to ensure that the public can safely raise their voices in this much needed call for reform," Brown said.
President Trump posed with a bible outside St. Johns Church and held it up for several moments.
Were the greatest country in the world,he said.
Trump walked over to Lafayette park after delivering a speech at the White House.