Trump says states have been “really weak in safeguarding their heritage and their culture”

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President Trump accused states of getting “extremely weak in defending their heritage and defending their tradition,” including he would “enacted an act, a really particular statue and monument act, that places people today in jail for 10 years if they try to do everything to deface 1 of our monuments or statues.” 

The President built a equivalent claim on Twitter earlier Tuesday, crafting, he had “authorized the Federal Federal government to arrest any person who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other these Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 many years in prison, for each the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or these kinds of other laws that may perhaps be pertinent.”

Speaking at a legislation enforcement roundtable around the US-Mexico border in Yuma, Arizona, Trump talked about protests held in Lafayette Park Monday evening wherever protesters tried to topple an Andrew Jackson statue.

“Last night time in Washington, we heard they were going to take down the statue– Washington, DC, the statue of Andrew Jackson, a gorgeous statue in Lafayette Park,” Trump claimed. “We sent people there and law enforcement did an extraordinary career they ran into that place and we ended up minutes absent.”

“It was a sneak attack,” Trump reported.

“Now we’ve enacted an act, a really certain statue and monument act, that puts people in jail for 10 many years if they try out do anything at all to even deface 1 of our monuments or statues. So we have several persons in jail proper now, some others are heading there, and we’re heading to search at that from a standpoint of retroactivity. We can go again and search at some of the destruction they’ve performed.”

Trump then shifted the emphasis, and the blame, to states.

“Largely its state damage because the states have been quite weak. Exceptionally weak, in defending their heritage and defending their society. So the states are likely to have to just take treatment of themselves, but we’re there to assist if they want we’ll gladly assist,” Trump reported.