WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid racial unrest across the nation, President Donald Trump on Monday declared himself "the president of law and order" and threatened to deploy the United States military to American cities to quell a rise of violent protests.
After speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Trump walked across Lafayette Park to the 200-year old St. John's Church. Every president since James Madison has attended a service there.
Law enforcement cleared protesters out of the area with tear gas before Trump's visit. Tear gas canisters could be heard exploding as Trump spoke in the Rose Garden. He then walked over to the church.
The protesters appeared to be acting peacefully before they were dispersed by force.
Earlier he spoke to governors on a video teleconference with law enforcement and national security officials, telling the state leaders they "have to get much tougher" amid nationwide protests and criticizing their responses.