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TOP DEFENSE OFFICIAL REBUKES TRUMP’S CALL FOR MILITARY ACTION: White House Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing. Earlier today Defense Sec....
Annual physical results are ready for release. The full memo will be released shortly, but in summary the President remains healthy. Also I'd like to congratulate the winners of last night's primary elections. President Trump has now endorsed candidates and as a 64 to zero record and congressional special and primary election races since the midterms demonstrating the strength of and support for the President's agenda across the country as evidence in the 64 consecutive congressional special and primary elections over the past 13 months. So next, I wanna transition to talking about some of the things going on around the country. The first Amendment does not give anyone the right to riot the First Amendment does not give anyone the right to salute the first Amendment doesn't give anyone the right to burn down buildings. The first Amendment does not give anyone the right to deface property and it does not give anyone the right to private citizens and to police officers. The first Amendment, however, does give you the right to peaceably assemble and the greatest. That we have seen a peaceful protest and absolute embodiment of the First amendment is the Maron Washington on August 28, 1963 a quarter of a million Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial and peacefully made a powerful March in a powerful point that all Americans should be treated equally that racial discrimination was unacceptable abhorrent and that it needed to be rectified and then the famous I have. Speech by Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, He said this we must not allow our creative protest to do to excuse me to degenerate and to physical violence again and again we must rise to the majestic Heights of meeting physical force with soul force and so force is exactly what doctor Martin Luther King Junior met the nation with when he said this, I have a Dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged. Color of their skin, but by the content of their character, important words, important actions from an American hero who contributed to making this nation the greatest on Earth with that in mind, we must remember to recognize the lives lost the passing of George Floyd, who was killed unjustly and I hope in a horrific video that we all have seen and we must also remember the passing of police captain David David Dorn yesterday who was shot and killed by looters in Saint Louis in an absolute tragedy, a retired officer, 77 years old who's wife was also. A police officer herself Dorn was a hero and an unfortunate casualty in the riots. We have seen our hearts are with his family. We are all Americans. We must come together. We must unify and we must have and order and with that I'll take questions. I have a couple of questions first on Secretary Esper Cbs News has learned that his remarks this morning were not received well here inside the White House had the Secretary ever expressed his views about active duty forces to President Trump before this morning in private and does the President still have confidence in Secretary Esper. so not that I'm aware of in terms of expressing his opinion and I wouldn't get into the private conversations that went on here in the White House and with regards to whether. It has confidence I would say if you loses confidence in Secretary as I'm sure you all will be the first to know. but as of right now he still does as of right now. Secretary Esper is still Secretary Esper and I should the President lose faith. we will all learn about that some in the future. Thank you and vice President Joe Biden is vow to set up a police oversight board if he is elected it President Trump considering anything comparable or any other specific legislative and policy reforms. Dress racial disparities in policing so they're there have been various things discussed here in the White House. I don't wanna get ahead of the President and as to what he ultimately determines the President believes that most police officers in this country are good hardworking people and he knows that, but he also knows some of the injustices we've seen in the need to make sure that the appropriate use of force is used in our officers are trained in that capacity is considering some sort of federal oversight there. there's been discussion of Proposals that we can look at that no announcements on that front just yet you mentioned Doctor King and he likely would not approve of what took place on Monday evening across from the White House as you probably know if the White House President and his team had to do it all over again, would you have Gass and pummel protesters to clear the parks of the President could have a photo op. So let me first address no tear gas was used and no rubber bullets for you. So again No. Was used no rubber bullets were used. Let me let me let me back up. She was Gass. Others say they were tear gassed in that area. Well, no one was tear gas, so we make that clear that's been confirmed by DOD and by Park services as well. So let me go back and address what happened. There's been a lot of misreporting first, I would note that these protests that we're going on in the morning, A-b Barr had determined that we needed to expand the perimeter by one block on each. he was surprised a bar when he arrived at the White House to see that the perimeter had not been moved so we said that we needed to get going with moving that perimeter, He told the officers that out there and that was late afternoon, so that decision was made in the morning first of all the protesters were told three times over loud Speaker that they needed to move and what happened was it grew increasingly unruly They were projectiles being thrown at officers. frozen water bottles were being thrown at officers. Other projectiles and the officers had no other choice than in that moment to act and make sure that they were safe and that the perimeter was pushed back because as we all know a church was burning in that very area the night before so the appropriate action was taken. it was taken. it was burning the night before which enforce the decision to move the perimeter on each side by a block so that church would no longer be in harm's way by the rioters, but it's absolutely uncalled for to throw bricks. Absolutely Unca for to. Water bottles that are frozen up police officers that the vast majority of those protesters were doing so peacefully and that many of them did not hear those ones. and we're simply just push out of the way just force that come out of the way by their fellow Americans police officers you sent in members of the military to to deal with this. I mean what do you say to Americans who look at what happened on Monday and find that to be appalling? Well? let me know if the National Guard was utilized across Washington, DC. the military was not there is a distinction and I. It is uncalled for to throw bricks at officers uncalled for to frozen water bottles at officers and they also have received intelligence that they were calls for violence against police officers and they found caches of glass bottles, Baseball bats and metal poles hidden along the streets when an officer is at risk, they have the right to defend themselves. They did so peacefully and no one had there were no fatalities, no severe injuries. you do it again to protect the lives of officers. they have a right to defend and to protect themselves next question I think. But Sarah is always joke about two questions Tuesday. I think sometimes I get four or five questions Wednesday. I just wanna make sure that you know people who have a problem with what they saw on Monday have a chance to have that addressed and I mean what do you say to Americans who are just outraged by what they saw in the world? What I would say is don't have a photo in front of a church and I would say is this officers officers have a right to defend themselves and you know I've watched a lot of your coverage. I've watched a lot of the nation's coverage. Go through some of the things that happen when officers don't defend and protect themselves in Saint Louis for police officers were shot in Las Vegas, an officer was shot in the head and is on life support in New York. A cop was beat up by people in Providence four to five police officers and state state troopers or injured and Asbury Park, New Jersey. A police officer was injured. Police officers are out on the front lines. They're defending and protecting you as you come in to this building each and every day, Jim we owe them honor. We owe them respect and when they are under attack, they have the ability to defend themselves. First on Secretary's is the President considering using the Evo in the act, or is that completely off the table at this point. So it's a very good question. The President has the sole authority to invoke Andre Act. It is definitely a tool within his power. This President has one singular aim and it is protecting America's streets. We cannot have burning churches. We cannot have police officers who are shot. We cannot have businesses that are looted and destroyed. The Insurrection Act is. The President has the sole authority and if needed he will use it. but at this time he's relying on surging the streets with National Guard. It's worked to great effect here in DC and in Minnesota as well. Thank you fact that it's on on Monday are you saying that all the officers who are at that protest feeling that largely peaceful protest? We're acting appropriately. They were well documented incidents of A- one case of one member of law enforcement bashing camera' in Australian journals isn't about the journalists. This is about the other people for peace. Protesters there as well that every officer in that protest was that was that protest cleared in a way that is the White House believes it was entirely appropriate, so that should be the model for the rest of the country and US Park services when having bricks thrown at them and frozen water bottles had the right to act. They acted with the appropriate level of force to protect themselves and to protect the average citizen and to protect the peaceful protesters who are among them as well. Kristine protecting the people of protesters by firing the various chemical agents and walk through that. It wasn't tear gas, I would note and it's and what they use what what they use was a way to target those who are being violent. are they use the minimal force that they could to ensure that that situation was safe to ensure Saint John's Church would not burn a second night in a row and to ensure that no officers were injured and the manner that I listed off. That's several officers have been injured and shot at in the course of these riots. Kristine Thank you Haley. I have a question about the decision-making process for going to the church on Monday night, the President said. Radio this morning that he never told anyone to push the protesters out the defense Secretary, he said something similar so who at the White House did know or was this a unilateral decision by the by the attorney General, The attorney general decided that morning to expand the perimeter and that was a decision made long before the church discussion was ever under consideration when the President gives an order people act, it's not as if he's walked through each and every detail of how a plan goes. He says, I wanna go to the church he goes to the church and everyone executes the plan and the order that the President puts into place so the President is absolutely right and what he said. So what's the plan for President Trump to walk out there even if the protesters were still there, you know, I'm not aware of the determinations that secret service had as they arrange for the President to walk out there, but I would just note again that the decision to expand the perimeter was a decision made in the morning by attorney General Bar Okay question about the chron of virus because we're. The pandemic doctor Fal, he said in an interview on Monday that his contact with President Trump had dramatically decreased And so had the frequency of the carro virus Task force meetings is that accurate and if so, why there's a Corona virus task force briefing just yesterday, we are constantly as an administration monitoring the Corona virus to protect the safety and well-being of the American people. right now, we all saw that church, but we also some of the violence in the streets and the President has had several meeting after meeting with AG Barr Secretary Esper General Millie to make sure that our streets are peaceful and under control. Monitoring of the Corona virus and and what we're seeing developed there. Mario Thanks Kylie. I'm confused. I mean the protests were peaceful on Monday. Why did you all clear the area and who's decision was to clear it later in the day if Attorney General Bar one -A cleared earlier in the day, Why did it take so long for it to be clear? Yeah, you know he ordered it to be cleared Monday morning. It didn't happen when he arrived so he immediately instructed the officers to ensure that it was moved back a block as we all saw Sunday night, It was not a peaceful protest. It was in fact a riot with. Burning in Washington, DC the President on made sure that Washington DC was secure Monday night and part of that involved moving the perimeter back to ensure that Saint John's Church was protected. but that was that's a quite a gap between the morning and then the evening when you walked over there, why why was there such a gap? Look again? That's a question for AG. Barr made the order to a question for the officers who are on the ground at the time why that wasn't deployed right away, But when AG Barr came to the White House, I think it was early. Afternoon he noticed that it hadn't been cleared gave the order for it to be cleared and that action took place. Let's see why did the President is important to go walk over there to the fire to the church. It was extremely important. Look the President wanted to send a very powerful message that we will not be overcome by looting by writing by burning. This is not what defines America and going and standing by Saint John's Church was a very important moment, and I would note that through all of time we've seen presidents and leaders across the world who have had leadership moments and very. symbols that were important for a nation to see at any given time to show a message of resilience and determination like Churchill. We saw him inspecting the bombing damage. It's in a powerful message of leadership to the British people and George W Bush throwing out the ceremonial first pitch after 911 and Jimmy Carter putting on a sweater to encourage energy savings and George HW Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act flanked by two disabled Americans and for this President, it was powerful and important to send a message that. The looters the anarchist, they will not prevail that burning churches are not what America is about and that moment holding the Bible up is something that has been widely hailed by Franklin Graham and others, and it was in a very important symbol for the American people to see that we will get through this through unity and through faith. You see the results of the physical we know that he is part of the physical late last year. I think it was when did he have the rest of it done. I'm not aware of an exact dates. I will ask Doctor Connolly for you on that, but I know it's fairly recently. yes. I will go to Brett the White House has spent a lot of time talking about how the protests have taken place and how people are processing or shouldn't be processing. But what is the White House doing address the underlying causes that have led to? The President's done a lot the President expedited the review the Fbi review of the George Floyd case he swiftly and ensure there is a civil rights investigation and to George Floyd's death. Ahmed Abre. there's another investigation there on the part of DOJ. he's recognized what an injustice was in Numerable times, including in his National remarks that he gave on Saturday so this President had President has done everything in his power to send a powerful message that. Injustices will not be tolerated so the President have they reached out to any of these protesters trying to start a dialogue about specific reforms. they'd like to see who does the President plan to do that moving forward, but the President has looked at some various not legislative necessarily, but tools that we could use to ensure that law enforcement uses the appropriate level of force no discussions or announcements there on that front but I will say that we're taking a hard look at this, but that the President recognizes that our police officers are. Heroes the vast majority are good, hardworking people who love this country and who love the American citizenry that they protect and thanks, Kayle former Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testify today on the Hill that he didn't read the Bsa applications, and he didn't even prepare the scope memo that started the Mueller probe given that Rosenstein appears to be deeply involved in the cross fire and that he actually picked Fbi director Christopher Ray isn't it time. The Trump administration appoints someone else other than for the Fbi director. I have no announcements on that front, but what I will say with regards to the Rosenstein testimony as he said, there was no there there and he now agrees with that text by Peter Strzok, who you know, obviously had no information that of Russian collusion, but nevertheless strongest through this investigation and you have Rosenstein who again it's quite the cuddling, said he wouldn't have signed off on the Carter page warrant that has his name on. Names on signed on a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign that he wouldn't have signed off on that not only that he wasn't sure that he read every page of it. It's pretty great thing to spy on an American citizen to violate their fourth Amendment rights to not have a basis to do so and to rely on a Russian dossier full of lies as the justification so it's really astonishing to hear from him. that he's not sure he read every page of that warrant, but I suppose it's encouraging to hear with his 2020 hindsight that he wouldn't have signed off on it. I'm sure that. No no comfort to Carter Page How's express' and in the past. So where does he stand now? Does he have confidence in today at this moment, the President as the Fbi director, much like the Secretary of defense, is the Fbi director is the Secretary of defense of the President. Decides you know Andres confidence. you guys will be the first to know more of new-york if it's okay so yesterday to New York Governor Cuomo made a pretty big statement saying that he might leave the de Blasio Mayor de Blasio of his duties. has there been any talk with Governor Cuomo about sending in the National? To new-york, or is there any plan right now to send National Guard to new-york the President will do whatever is necessary to protect America's streets. he has made that clear and he has several tools that is one of them sending in the National Guard. he does have the ability to federalize the National Guard. should he choose to do that but I would note that I'm very glad you brought up new-york the very clear-cut cases of DC and New York DC was in chaos on Sunday night when you saw the burning of the church. Bowser do not set the curfew And she added at 11 PM, the President said. This is unacceptable. He's always preferred evolving to the States. They have the police power. It's their responsibility to protect the streets, but when the President saw that on Sunday night, he took action immediately he surged the National Guard encouraged States to accept their National guard. he went on and on with several various actions to get very powerful speech, saying If you don't act, I will he noted that the Would be on hand, so it be necessary his bold action on his swift action, DC, a much different story Monday night and contrasting the images of new-york or excuse me DC on Monday night in New York on Monday night, where there was a rampant looting where we saw Macy's Department store alluded to alluded violence in the streets New-york Act in a way that was inappropriate. They didn't deploy the National Guard, They said an 11 PM curfew even after they saw the disasters results in their Bowser 11 PM curfew when the President said, I will call Antifa a domestic terrorist group. What was new-york? New-york was a arresting people on burglary charges and then releasing 500 individuals after they had arrested them so the we need policies of new-york stand in stark contrast to the law and order policies of this President that has succeeded in securing the city as we've seen in the last two nights next, we'll go to Loughlin putting aside the conduct of individual officers does the President believe that there's a systemic bias in American law enforcement against African-Americans, the President believe. There are injustices and he has pointed them out and he has not hesitated in pointing out injustices going back to his time as a primary candidate when he called Sandra Bland and the use of force against her in the video that we all saw terrible. he did not hesitate when he saw the video of George Floyd he was really upset by that video. As I noted, he also we've got the civil rights investigation into Ahmed Artur. He points out injustices, but he also notes that our police officers are good people. I've seen them out there. Protecting people I'd play the videos for you of the police embracing protesters' standing with the protesters. They're good, hardworking people. they protect our streets. That is what law enforcement is about and but at the same time, the President will note and he will call out injustices and this is a President who's not hesitated in doing that when the time was right, the individual actions, But does he believe that the problem is systemic and endemic to American law The President believes there are some examples of injustices he calls. this is a President who when Democrats for so many years talked about criminal Justice reform and the disparities on the racial disparities and sentencing it didn't President Obama didn't do that guess who fixed that it was President Trump with the first Step Act who engaged in sentencing reform and who really rectified some of the disparities we saw there. So you know, I think Democrats Republicans should hold this President for calling out injustice when he sees them either in a case by case basis or in the form of the first step back where he noted the disparity and senten. Forms who's been a number of explanations on the clearing the part one that there was an attempt to enforce curfew another that it was violent protests from the Park Police DOJ saying that it was previously going to be done anyway. He explained what the reason from the White House's perspective, what's the name in the bar? Why the White House wanted done? so it wasn't the White House. as I said it was a bar who expanded the It was a bar who said the perimeter needed to be expanded one block away because we were not going to see the church burned another night. I've already gone through a meticulous detail with my friend, Jen here. How it came about that that perimeter was eventually moved and I'm not going to repeat myself again anyway, even if it would not have been violent, protesters that would have happened. No there were three announcements so if the protesters have remained peaceful and I moved the perimeter as they were instructed to do not one not two, but three times be loud Speaker, it would have looked different but when bricks are thrown, rest assured officers will protect themselves Chanel now today that he went The basement to inspect it over the weekend. can you what was the point of the inspection? What was he looking for? Okay? I won't go further than what the President has said cuz those are security matters and I won't engage on that kind of discussion. Yes, you know so going back to Rosenstein of what what is the President's response to the fact that Rose's neither the Rosenstein nor Christopher Wray seem willing to take responsibility for the illegal wire tapping that took place on the Trump campaign. I also have a question. Yeah, I would say look the President is dismayed. This happened to the President's campaign, a Republican campaign was spied on by a Democratic presidency. Democratic administration based on a dossier dossier paid for by his opponent, Hillary Clinton and the DNC. This is absolutely extraordinary. It is the biggest political scandal that we've seen in the lack of journalistic curiosity on this front is appalling when you have multiple instances. People who are saying one thing under oath from the Obama administration and saying another thing in public that they had direct evidence of Russian collusion. I mean that's extraordinary. I've got direct evidence when in fact, we know there was none in the Mueller report after spending millions of taxpayer dollars totally incompletely exonerated President Trump. It was a travesty and we hope to get to the bottom of this because it should never be done again in American politics to any President of either political party at. Secretary Esper this morning said that he opposes it the last time it was used was 1990 - two if how close is the White House to actually using the app is that a last resort measure, or is this a real possibility at this moment? well, if you've noticed the President has been going down a line of progression in the first point was allow governors to do their job allow mayors like Bill de Blasio to do their job the police power, which is embedded in the tenth Amendment of this constitution that's how this. To work, Governor Cuomo supposed to ensure that his state is protected. Mayor de Blasio is supposed to ensure that New York City is protected. they failed at their job. There is looting all across New York City. There were fires burning here in DC when Mayor Bowser was in control. so this President on Monday took definitive action with that speech saying if necessary, the military is here, You Must surge the National Guard. he took action and he showed up and make sure that DC remained peaceful so this President. It has has gone and said the National Guard is the next step that seems to be working here in New York and DC. We'll see if it continues to work, but rest assured he is the sole authority to invoke the act and if necessary he will do so to protect American citizens. one thing I really want to note just and I think it's so important to go back to this because I haven't seen a ton of coverage of it other than in a few places and I started the briefing with this and it'. I just wanna circle back and and a note captain David Dorn, who lost his life in Saint Louis and he was killed by a looter. He served 38 years in the Saint Louis Police Department, his wife Anna as a sergeant with the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department. He is a hero I also wanna note because there have been 45 officers lost in the line of duty this year and my heart breaks for them and as a new mom myself, My particularly breaks for two women in particular. About their stories today, Officer Brian of the Indianapolis Police Department on April ninth 2020. She was shot and killed she survived by her three year old son, her sister and her parents. She was a National Guard veteran and my heart breaks for the family of Officer Leith, an officer Tiffany Victoria Enrique of the Honolulu Police Department on January nineteenth 2020 Officer Enriquez was shot and killed as well, leaving three daughters, one grandson and she was a US Force Reserve veteran. These are our heroes. Thank you so much to our officers who are protecting our streets. Many have been shot some have been killed. It's a travesty and let us stand with law enforcement and recognize the huge contribution that they have made to our society and continue to do so each and every day. Thank you so much guys for watching them right now.

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