Secret Service agents took the Friday night to the president of the united States, Donald Trump, to a bunker in the White House when hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the presidential mansion, some of them throwing stones, and waving the barriers by the police.
Trump spent nearly an hour in the bunker, designed for use in emergencies such as terrorist attacks, according to a republican close to the White House that he was not authorized to comment publicly private matters, and spoke on condition of anonymity. His version was confirmed by a government official who also spoke on condition of anonymity.
The sudden decision of the agents reflected the tense atmosphere in the White House, where they could hear the chants of the demonstrators in the Park Lafayette throughout the weekend, while security agents and the Secret Service were trying to contain the crowd.
Friday’s protests began by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer of Minneapolis will oppress the neck. The demonstrations in Washington turned violent and appeared to take the authorities by surprise. Provoked one of the biggest situations of alert at the White House complex since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
“The White House does not comment on decisions and protocols of security”, indicated the spokesman of the White House, Judd Deere. The Secret Service pointed out that not commented upon the means and methods of its protection operations. The New York Times first reported the transfer from the president to the bunker.
The volume and the pungency of the crowds had shocked the president and his family, according to the source, republican. In a first moment it was not clear if the first lady, Melania Trump, and the 14 year-old son of the couple, Mud, had joined the president in the bunker. The protocol of the Secret Service would have indicated that all persons under the protection of the agency were to go to the underground shelter.
Trump has told his collaborators he fears for his safety, and has been praised by the public and private in the work of the Secret Service.
Trump traveled to Florida on Saturday to attend the first launch manned space from the united States in nearly a decade. He returned to a White House almost under siege, with demonstrators -some violent – gathered a few hundred meters during a good part of the night.
Trump continued with his efforts to convey an image of strength, using a series of tweets trolling and attacks by partisans in the midst of the national crisis.
While the cities burn night after night and the images of violence dominated the coverage on television, the advisors of Trump shuffled the possibility of a message from the Oval Office in an attempt to soften tensions. The idea was quickly dismissed by the lack of legislative proposals and the apparent disinterest of the president to transmit a message of unity.
Trump not appeared in public on Sunday. In its place, an officer of the White House that I was not authorized to comment on the plans ahead of time said that it was hoped that in the coming days, Trump will mark a distinction between the dissatisfaction legitimate, peaceful protesters and unacceptable actions of the agitators of violence.
Trump retuiteó Sunday a message from a conservative commentator urging the authorities to respond with more force.
“This is not going to stop until the poor are willing to use overwhelming force against the bad guys” wrote Buck Sexton, a message amplified by the president.
In recent days, officers of the National Guard, and additional staff of the Secret Service and the Parks Police have strengthened the security of the White House.
The Department of Justice deployed on Sunday to members of the u.s. Marshals Service and agents of the anti-drug agency of the united States (DEA, for its acronym in English), to support the officers of the National Guard deployed to the White House, according to a prominent member of the Department of Justice. The official could not comment on the issue publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
With information from AP
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