President Trump signed an govt order on Friday meant to impose more durable penalties on people who injury monuments and statues.
“I simply had the privilege of signing a really robust Govt Order defending American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues—and combatting current Felony Violence,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “Lengthy jail phrases for these lawless acts in opposition to our Nice Nation!”
The White Home didn’t instantly launch the textual content of the order and it’s unknown precisely what it might cowl. The order comes as protesters across the nation have focused statues depicting Accomplice generals, former U.S. presidents and others.
Mr. Trump has criticized protesters for toppling or making an attempt to topple the statues. Amid persevering with protests in opposition to systemic racism and police brutality, demonstrators have turned their consideration to statues of historic figures who owned slaves or in any other case participated within the oppression of minority teams, in addition to statues that protesters say function racially insensitive imagery.