After a week of clashes between law enforcement and protesters, Trump says that he's pulling the National Guard out of D.C.
Donald Trump's been at the receiving end of backlash this week but that's not actually anything new. His decision to bring in the National Guard as protests erupted across the country only led to more harm than good with peaceful protesters facing excessive force at the hands of law enforcement officials as they protest against it.
The mayor of Washington, specifically, demanded that Trump pull the National Guard out of the city. She even went as far as getting Black Lives Matter painted on the street leading to the White House. Though Trump has threatened to deploy other agencies into the city during the protests, he's now announced that he'll be pulling out the National Guard. Starting in Washington, D.C., though this could be temporary.
"I have just given an order for our National Guard to start the process of withdrawing from Washington, D.C., now that everything is under perfect control. They will be going home, but can quickly return, if needed. Far fewer protesters showed up last night than anticipated!" Trump tweeted.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser sent a letter to Trump on Friday asking that he removes the National Guard, especially since local police made no arrests.
"The protestors have been peaceful, and last night, the Metropolitan Police Department did not make a single arrest. Therefore, I am requesting that you withdraw all extraordinary law enforcement and military presence from Washington, DC," she wrote.