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Donald Trump orders National Guard to leave Washington DC

On Sunday President Donald Trump said that after a week everything is in order outside the White House and he is ordering the National Guard to leave D.C.

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Donald Trump orders National Guard to leave Washington DC
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The United States President used his Twitter account to announce that he has ordered the National Guard to start the process of withdrawing from Washington D.C., now that everything is under perfect control outside the White House. He also said that if protests turned chaotic again the National Guard can quickly return if needed.

He had initially called them when protests started a week ago over the death of George Floyd and as the days passed they turned more chaotic to the point that people were throwing rocks at the White House and Trump had to hide in the bunker for several days.

On the fourth day of the protests outside Lafayette park, some activists started vandalising monuments, looting and clashing with the police which prompted Trump to call the National Guard to restore control.

“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,” the President tweeted.

Protests have taken place in Washington, and in all the 50 states of the country, since George Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer held him down with a knee on his neck. The president has called for a tough response to the protests in order to "dominate the streets.”

Trump has stated that he is not against protests going ahead across the United States as long as they are peaceful, but he won’t hesitate to respond if chaos and violence returns. In the past he has threatened to call in active-duty troops to control situations that have been getting out of hand in cities where local authorities were unable to do so.