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DC mayor says White House 'has a lot to answer for' following week of tension in nation's capital

June 9, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday night the White House "has a lot to answer for" following a week of increased military presence and tension in the nation's capital.

(CNN)Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday night the White House "has a lot to answer for" following a week of increased military presence and tension in the nation's capital.

President Donald Trump declared himself "your president of law and order" last week, and he vowed to return order to American streets using the military if widespread unrest wasn't otherwise quelled.

Roughly 5,000 National Guard troops had been called to patrol Washington as protesters flooded the streets to demonstrate against racial injustice and police brutality.

"We were shocked and outraged that they moved the United States Army to threaten Washington, DC, into submission, I was shocked to see unnamed and unidentified federal police in the nation's capital, all while we're talking about police and community trust," she continued.

Her comments echoed the message she had for the President in a letter Friday, in which she said the additional law enforcement in the city was "inflaming" and "adding to the grievances" of people protesting.

Therefore, I am requesting that you withdraw all extraordinary law enforcement and military presence from Washington, DC," the mayor wrote, adding that she had ended the state of emergency in DC related to the protests.

The President had responded by attacking the mayor in a post on Twitter, warning that if she didn't treat the service members "well" he would bring in a "different group of men and women. " But by Sunday, Trump tweeted that he had ordered for the National Guard to start the process of withdrawing from Washington.

Trump remains intent on holding an Independence Day celebration in Washington this year, even as the mayor has said a parade in the nation's capital had been scrapped.

On Friday, Bowser had the city paint "BLACK LIVES MATTER" in big yellow letters on two blocks of 16th Street NW, a central axis that leads southward straight to the White House.

Additionally, the mayor renamed the area in front of Lafayette Square, steps from the White House, "Black Lives Matter Plaza. "

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