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Fact-checking Trump's statements on statue vandals

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board in the East??Room of the White House on June 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day President Trump canceled his scheduled weekend trip to his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey which the state now has a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from states with coronavirus spikes. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that his administration was working to find the people who "threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan," writing that they "will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison."

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that his administration was working to find the people who "threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan," writing that they "will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison. "

This isn't the first time Trump has threatened a prison sentence for individuals who vandalize statues.

On June 23, Trump claimed that he had "authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue. . . with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran's Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent. "

Facts First: Trump's actions have simply directed the attorney general to enforce already-existing laws.

Trump issued an executive order on June 26 to, among other things, direct the attorney general to "prioritize" investigating and prosecuting certain cases of vandalism -- especially of monuments and memorials of US veterans -- in accordance with "applicable law. "

One of the laws cited in the order is the "destruction of government property" which carries a potential "fine of up to $250,000, ten years imprisonment, or both" if the purposeful damage to government property exceeds $100.

Trump also cited the Veteran's Memorial Preservation Act, passed in 2003, which carries a fine and/or imprisonment for up to 10 years for those convicted of vandalizing or destroying monuments, plaques, statues or other property "commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the United States. "

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