After addressing the nation in the Rose Garden yesterday evening, President Trump took a walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church where he gave a few more remarks on the unrest in America over the death of George Floyd.
“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people,” he said. “I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do,” he said in the Rose Garden
“We have a great country. That’s my thoughts. Greatest country in the world… It’s coming back. It’s coming back strong,” he continued at the church while holding up a Bible.
MOMENTS AGO: President Trump stands in front of St. John's Church holding a Bible.
Trump: "We have a great country. That's my thoughts. Greatest country in the world… It's coming back. It's coming back strong." pic.twitter.com/SeDH3pX7AV
— The Hill (@thehill) June 1, 2020
While Trump supporters say this was a powerful moment for the President, others criticized him for clearing the street of peaceful protesters for a photo op. New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t impressed, tweeting that Trump “holds that Bible like it’s burning him.”
He holds that Bible like it’s burning him.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 2, 2020
St. John’s Episcopal Church was damaged during some of the protests in Washington D.C. over the weekend and the church leaders weren’t especially happy about the moment either.
“This was a charade that… was meant to bolster a message that does nothing to calm the soul and to reassure the nation that we can recover from this moment,” Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington D.C. told CNN.
“This was a charade that… was meant to bolster a message that does nothing to calm the soul and to reassure the nation that we can recover from this moment." – Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC, on President Trump’s photo op at a church. pic.twitter.com/GQ1oNSpUMB
— CNN (@CNN) June 2, 2020