Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom

Office of the Press Secretary
EXECUTIVE ORDER

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ADVANCING INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM


     By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

     Section 1.  Policy.  (a)  Religious freedom, America's first freedom, is a moral and national security imperative.  Religious freedom for all people worldwide is a foreign policy priority of the United States, and the United States will respect and vigorously promote this freedom.  As stated in the 2017 National Security Strategy, our Founders understood religious freedom not as a creation of the state, but as a gift of God to every person and a right that is fundamental for the flourishing of our society.

     (b)  Religious communities and organizations, and other institutions of civil society, are vital partners in United States Government efforts to advance religious freedom around the world.  It is the policy of the United States to engage robustly and continually with civil society organizations -- including those in foreign countries -- to inform United States Government policies, programs, and activities related to international religious freedom.

     Sec2.  Prioritization of International Religious Freedom.  Within 180 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of State (Secretary) shall, in consultation with the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), develop a plan to prioritize international religious freedom in the planning and implementation of United States foreign policy and in the foreign assistance programs of the Department of State and USAID.

     Sec3.  Foreign Assistance Funding for International Religious Freedom.  (a)  The Secretary shall, in consultation with the Administrator of USAID, budget at least $50 million per fiscal year for programs that advance international religious freedom, to the extent feasible and permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations.  Such programs shall include those intended to anticipate, prevent, and respond to attacks against individuals and groups on the basis of their religion, including programs designed to help ensure that such groups can persevere as distinct communities; to promote accountability for the perpetrators of such attacks; to ensure equal rights and legal protections for individuals and groups regardless of belief; to improve the safety and security of houses of worship and public spaces for all faiths; and to protect and preserve the cultural heritages of religious communities.

     (b)  Executive departments and agencies (agencies) that fund foreign assistance programs shall ensure that faith-based and religious entities, including eligible entities in foreign countries, are not discriminated against on the basis of religious identity or religious belief when competing for Federal funding, to the extent permitted by law.

     Sec4.  Integrating International Religious Freedom into United States Diplomacy.  (a)  The Secretary shall direct Chiefs of Mission in countries of particular concern, countries on the Special Watch List, countries in which there are entities of particular concern, and any other countries that have engaged in or tolerated violations of religious freedom as noted in the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom required by section 102(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-292), as amended (the "Act"), to develop comprehensive action plans to inform and support the efforts of the United States to advance international religious freedom and to encourage the host governments to make progress in eliminating violations of religious freedom.

     (b)  In meetings with their counterparts in foreign governments, the heads of agencies shall, when appropriate and in coordination with the Secretary, raise concerns about international religious freedom and cases that involve individuals imprisoned because of their religion.

     (c)  The Secretary shall advocate for United States international religious freedom policy in both bilateral and multilateral fora, when appropriate, and shall direct the Administrator of USAID to do the same.

     Sec5.  Training for Federal Officials.  (a)  The Secretary shall require all Department of State civil service employees in the Foreign Affairs Series to undertake training modeled on the international religious freedom training described in section 708(a) of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (Public Law 96-465), as amended by section 103(a)(1) of the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (Public Law 114-281).

     (b)  Within 90 days of the date of this order, the heads of all agencies that assign personnel to positions overseas shall submit plans to the President, through the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, detailing how their agencies will incorporate the type of training described in subsection (a) of this section into the training required before the start of overseas assignments for all personnel who are to be stationed abroad, or who will deploy and remain abroad, in one location for 30 days or more.

     (c)  All Federal employees subject to these requirements shall be required to complete international religious freedom training not less frequently than once every 3 years.

     Sec6.  Economic Tools.  (a)  The Secretary and the Secretary of the Treasury shall, in consultation with the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and through the process described in National Security Presidential Memorandum-4 of April 4, 2017 (Organization of the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, and Subcommittees), develop recommendations to prioritize the appropriate use of economic tools to advance international religious freedom in countries of particular concern, countries on the Special Watch List, countries in which there are entities of particular concern, and any other countries that have engaged in or tolerated violations of religious freedom as noted in the report required by section 102(b) of the Act.  These economic tools may include, as appropriate and to the extent permitted by law, increasing religious freedom programming, realigning foreign assistance to better reflect country circumstances, or restricting the issuance of visas under section 604(a) of the Act.

     (b)  The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, may consider imposing sanctions under Executive Order 13818 of December 20, 2017 (Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption), which, among other things, implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Public Law 114-328).

     Sec7.  Definitions.  For purposes of this order:

     (a)  "Country of particular concern" is defined as provided in section 402(b)(1)(A) of the Act;

     (b)  "Entity of particular concern" is defined as provided in section 301 of the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (Public Law 114-281);

     (c)  "Special Watch List" is defined as provided in sections 3(15) and 402(b)(1)(A)(iii) of the Act; and

     (d)  "Violations of religious freedom" is defined as provided in section 3(16) of the Act.

     Sec8.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

          (i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

          (ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

     (b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

     (c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

                            
                              DONALD J. TRUMP



THE WHITE HOUSE,
     June 2, 2020.

Ten Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate

Office of the Press Secretary
NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

     C. Kevin Blackstone, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

     Charles L. Glazer, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 2023.  (Reappointment)

     Derek Kan, of California, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, vice Russell Vought.

     Edmund G. LaCour Jr., of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, vice Andrew Lynn Brasher, elevated.

     Michael A. McCarthy, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Liberia.

     Thomas M. Mistele, of Florida, to be a Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation for a term expiring December 31, 2023.  (Reappointment)

     Thomas M. Mistele, of Florida, to be a Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation for a term expiring December 31, 2020, vice Orlan Johnson, resigned.

     Hester Maria Peirce, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2025.  (Reappointment)

     Lucas N. Polakowski, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, vice Guy B. Roberts, resigned.

     William W. Popp, of Missouri, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guatemala.


WITHDRAWAL SENT TO THE SENATE:

     Thomas M. Mistele, of Florida, to be a Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation for a term expiring December 31, 2022, vice Gregory Karawan, term expired, which was sent to the Senate on January 28, 2020.

West Wing Reads Trump is Right, Antifa are Terrorists; They Always Were

West Wing Reads

Trump is Right, Antifa are Terrorists; They Always Were


“The term ‘anti-fascist’ began as a lie. It remains a lie today. Clueless commentators, ignorant of its history, have been known to refer to the ‘antifa’ movement as ‘strictly principled anti-fascists,’” the Washington Examiner editorial board writes.

“The senseless and callous police killing of George Floyd inspired peaceful protests at first, but now it has become an excuse for a troupe of professional revolutionaries and marauders.”

Click here to read more. 
“‘Do this peacefully, please’: So pleaded Terrence Floyd on Monday at the spot where his brother George died at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis a week ago. ‘If I’m not over here blowing up stuff, messing up my community, what are you all doing?’ he asked. It’s an excellent question for not just the radicals pushing violence, but also for the talking heads rationalizing it,” the New York Post editorial board writes.
“Shortly after the remarks in the Rose Garden, Trump walked to St. John’s Episcopal Church, a historic church near the White House that was partially burned during riots over the weekend. ‘We are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now,’” the President said before departing for the church. Read more from Fred Lucas in The Daily Signal.
“George Floyd is a name now known around the world, after the repellent footage of him struggling to breathe as an arresting officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck went viral.” The undeserved death of another African-American man, Dave Patrick Underwood, deserves public attention, too. An officer of the Federal Protective Service, Underwood was gunned down Friday as he stood guard in Oakland, California, The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

CORRECTED* STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT Rose Garden

Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

Rose Garden
 

**See correction marked by an asterisk below.**

6:43 P.M. EDT
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  My fellow Americans: My first and highest duty as President is to defend our great country and the American people.  I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation, and that is exactly what I will do.

     All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd.  My administration is fully committed that, for George and his family, justice will be served.  He will not have died in vain.  But we cannot allow the righteous cries and peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob.  The biggest victims of the rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities, and as their President, I will fight to keep them safe.  I will fight to protect you.  I am your President of law and order, and an ally of all peaceful protesters.

     But in recent days, our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa, and others.  A number of state and local governments have failed to take necessary action to safeguard their residence* residents.  Innocent people have been savagely beaten, like the young man in Dallas, Texas, who was left dying on the street, or the woman in Upstate New York viciously attacked by dangerous thugs. 


     Small-business owners have seen their dreams utterly destroyed.  New York’s Finest have been hit in the face with bricks.  Brave nurses, who have battled the virus, are afraid to leave their homes.  A police precinct station has been overrun.  Here in the nation’s capital, the Lincoln Memorial and the World War Two Memorial have been vandalized.  One of our most historic churches was set ablaze.  A federal officer in California, an African American enforcement hero, was shot and killed.

     These are not acts of peaceful protest.  These are acts of domestic terror.  The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against God.

     America needs creation, not destruction; cooperation, not contempt; security, not anarchy; healing, not hatred; justice, not chaos.  This is our mission, and we will succeed.  One hundred percent, we will succeed.  Our country always wins.

     That is why I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America.  I am mobilizing all available federal resources -- civilian and military -- to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights.  Therefore, the following measures are going into effect immediately:

     First, we are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country.  We will end it now.  Today, I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets.  Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled.

     If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.

     I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capital, Washington, D.C.  What happened in this city last night was a total disgrace.  As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property.

     We are putting everybody on warning: Our seven o’clock curfew will be strictly enforced.  Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

     I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail.  This includes Antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence.

     One law and order -- and that is what it is: one law.  We have one beautiful law.  And once that is restored and fully restored, we will help you, we will help your business, and we will help your family.

     America is founded upon the rule of law.  It is the foundation of our prosperity, our freedom, and our very way of life.  But where there is no law, there is no opportunity.  Where there is no justice, there is no liberty.  Where there is no safety, there is no future.

     We must never give in to anger or hatred.  If malice or violence reigns, then none of us is free.

     I take these actions today with firm resolve and with a true and passionate love for our country.  By far, our greatest days lie ahead.

     Thank you very much.  And now I’m going to pay my respects to a very, very special place.  Thank you very much.

                               END               6:50 P.M. EDT

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

Rose Garden
 
6:43 P.M. EDT
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  My fellow Americans: My first and highest duty as President is to defend our great country and the American people.  I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation, and that is exactly what I will do.

     All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd.  My administration is fully committed that, for George and his family, justice will be served.  He will not have died in vain.  But we cannot allow the righteous cries and peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob.  The biggest victims of the rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities, and as their President, I will fight to keep them safe.  I will fight to protect you.  I am your President of law and order, and an ally of all peaceful protesters.

     But in recent days, our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa, and others.  A number of state and local governments have failed to take necessary action to safeguard their residence.  Innocent people have been savagely beaten, like the young man in Dallas, Texas, who was left dying on the street, or the woman in Upstate New York viciously attacked by dangerous thugs.

     Small-business owners have seen their dreams utterly destroyed.  New York’s Finest have been hit in the face with bricks.  Brave nurses, who have battled the virus, are afraid to leave their homes.  A police precinct station has been overrun.  Here in the nation’s capital, the Lincoln Memorial and the World War Two Memorial have been vandalized.  One of our most historic churches was set ablaze.  A federal officer in California, an African American enforcement hero, was shot and killed.

     These are not acts of peaceful protest.  These are acts of domestic terror.  The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against God.

     America needs creation, not destruction; cooperation, not contempt; security, not anarchy; healing, not hatred; justice, not chaos.  This is our mission, and we will succeed.  One hundred percent, we will succeed.  Our country always wins.

     That is why I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America.  I am mobilizing all available federal resources -- civilian and military -- to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights.  Therefore, the following measures are going into effect immediately:

     First, we are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country.  We will end it now.  Today, I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets.  Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled.

     If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.

     I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capital, Washington, D.C.  What happened in this city last night was a total disgrace.  As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property.

     We are putting everybody on warning: Our seven o’clock curfew will be strictly enforced.  Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

     I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail.  This includes Antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence.

     One law and order -- and that is what it is: one law.  We have one beautiful law.  And once that is restored and fully restored, we will help you, we will help your business, and we will help your family.

     America is founded upon the rule of law.  It is the foundation of our prosperity, our freedom, and our very way of life.  But where there is no law, there is no opportunity.  Where there is no justice, there is no liberty.  Where there is no safety, there is no future.

     We must never give in to anger or hatred.  If malice or violence reigns, then none of us is free.

     I take these actions today with firm resolve and with a true and passionate love for our country.  By far, our greatest days lie ahead.

     Thank you very much.  And now I’m going to pay my respects to a very, very special place.  Thank you very much.

                               END               6:50 P.M. EDT

Monday, June 1, 2020

PRESS BRIEFING BY PRESS SECRETARY KAYLEIGH MCENANY

Office of the Press Secretary

PRESS BRIEFING
BY PRESS SECRETARY KAYLEIGH MCENANY

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

 
2:17 P.M. EDT

     MS. MCENANY:  Good afternoon, everyone.  The President has made clear that what we are seeing on America's streets is unacceptable.  Violence, looting, anarchy, lawlessness are not to be tolerated, plain and simple.  These criminal acts are not protest.  They are not statements.  These are crimes that harm innocent American citizens.

     The First Amendment guarantees the right of the people to peaceably assemble.  What we saw last night in Washington and across the country was not that.

     To that end, President Trump is demanding action to protect American citizens, to protect American businesses.  Seventeen thousand National Guard are deployed in 24 states, but according to General Milley, only two states have deployed more than 1,000.  There are 350,000 National Guard available overall, and for the lawlessness we are seeing, far more needs to be done.

     Governors across the country must act, deploy the National Guard as it’s fit, and protect American communities.  As President Trump has said repeatedly, it's very important that we have peaceful protesters and support the rights of peaceful protesters, but we cannot allow a situation like what happened in Minneapolis to descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos, and we understand that very well.

     And with that, I'll take questions.

     Q    Kayleigh?

     MS. MCENANY:  Yes.

     Q    To your point, the country is in crisis.  There's a global pandemic that has claimed more than 100,000 lives.  At least 40 million people are unemployed.  There are now protests and racial tension ripping apart many cities.  Where is the President?  Why has he not delivered an address to the nation, as many of his predecessors have in a time of domestic crisis?

     MS. MCENANY:  So the President has delivered multiple statements on this.  The President, as recently as 48 hours ago, was out talking about what a tragedy the death of George Floyd was, how it has weighed on his heart, and how he encourages peace and lawfulness in our streets and peaceful protest.  So he has said that repeatedly.  He's made many statements to this effect.

     But what I would note is: Continual statements -- as he's made day and day and day and day again -- they don't stop anarchy.  What stops anarchy is action, and that's what the President is working on right now.

     Q    To that point about the anarchists, you said this morning that the President is focused right now on rooting out Antifa.  George Floyd did not die in Antifa custody; he died in police custody.  What's the President doing to reform policing tactics and excessive use of force by police?

     MS. MCENANY:  Yeah, so it's an important question, for sure.  And this President, if you look at the actions his DOJ has taken, there's a civil rights investigation into the death of Ahmaud Arbery.  There's a civil rights investigation into the death of George Floyd.  It is a tragedy what we saw.

     I mentioned, too, that the President was extremely upset when he saw that video, and he continues to -- the DOJ continues to pursue those charges.  And he's recognized injustices for a long time, since he was a candidate.  He talked about Sandra Bland and what a terrible video that was, too.  So he recognizes injustices where they are.

     But at the same time, he also recognizes that we can't allow organized groups, like Antifa, to commit some of the heinous acts that we've seen.

     Jon.

     Q    Yes, Kayleigh, in this call with the governors, the President said that he had put General Milley in charge of all this.  What does that mean?

     MS. MCENANY:  Yeah, so --

     Q    Putting the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in charge of policing American streets, what did he mean?

     MS. MCENANY:  So I’m not going to get ahead of any actions that will be announced.  But what I will say to you is this: that he has had two briefings today with Secretary Esper and AG Barr, and General Milley was there.  And there will be additional federal assets deployed across the nation.  There will be a central command center, in conjunction with the state and local governments.  That will include General Milley, Secretary Esper, and AG Barr.  But I won't go any further in announcing what actions.

     Q   But can you explain what the President meant when he told the governors, “I have put General Milley in charge”?  What does that mean?  Because that sounds like a total break here: the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff being in charge of a domestic issue.

     MS. MCENANY:  In ensuring that, as the President has said -- and this has been taken out of context, by the way -- that our streets are

     Q    What’s -- what’s taken --

     MS. MCENANY:  -- dominated with a police force and with a National Guard presence, so that -- let me explain a little bit about how this works.  If there's a peaceful protest, police will form a line.  And what we've seen are those lines have been overwhelmed by massive protests that have turned into riots -- the peaceful protest to be distinguished from the riots we've seen.  And when those lines are overwhelmed, law enforcement gets on the defense.

     So what the President has said is he wants to dominate the streets with National Guard, with a police presence.  And what studies have shown, as General Milley noted -- he was in that governors call, and his -- his points all pertained to the National Guard, and he noted that there are several studies that when there's an overwhelming National Guard presence, it actually deescalates the situation and causes less civil unrest.

     So General Milley has really been on point in talking about the National Guard, the effectiveness in ensuring that they're utilized to great effect across the country.

     Q    But what’s been taken out of context?  Because I -- I mean, I have the exact quote.  It's a very simple one.  He just says that he has put General Milley in charge.

     MS. MCENANY:  No, not -- I wasn't suggesting that quote was out of context.  The “dominate” -- I've seen some networks that have talked about --

     Q    Oh, “dominate.”  Okay.

     MS. MCENANY:  -- dominating protesters.  And I've been around the President all day, and anytime he's used the word “dominate,” it was with regard to dominating the streets and ensuring that we have peace in our streets.

     Yes.  Yes, Darlene.

     Q    Thanks.  In addition to the tough talk the President has been talking about -- taking action against looters and some of the violent elements in the protests that we've seen -- why isn't he also supplementing that message by calling on these people to remain calm, to go home, to not destroy property, businesses, so on?

     MS. MCENANY:  Yeah, he has done that repeatedly.  Look, he talked about understanding the pain that people are feeling, and he does understand that pain.  He's talked several times about the right to peacefully protest.  And I’ve seen some of these peaceful protests, some of these sit-ins, and it’s a real shame when you have anarchy and anarchists come in and you have Antifa come in, and it really dilutes the message of the protesters.  And it's a legitimate reason they're protesting.

     So he hates to see Antifa come in and really dampen that message, which has been, in many cases, peaceful, but has been overtaken and overwhelmed by an organized effort of people from out of state coming in and causing havoc.

     Q    And one other question.  Is he traveling on Friday?  Is he going to Maine?

     MS. MCENANY:  He still plans on going to Maine.  I haven't heard any other changes to that effect.  Yeah.

     Weijia.

     Q    Hi, Kayleigh.  Thank you.

     MS. MCENANY:  I like your mask.  That’s really cool.

     Q    Thank you.  I have a quick follow-up about police reform.  National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien says he does not think there is systemic racism among law enforcement in the U.S.  Does President Trump share that view?

     MS. MCENANY:  Look, I think where the President stands is he does not believe -- he fundamentally rejects the idea that these egregious actions of these four Minnesota officers are representative of our police force as a whole.  Most of our officers in this country are good, hard-working men and women who work every day to police our streets.

     He's recognized cases of injustice.  I noted Sandra Bland, back when he was in the primary.  I've noted, more recently, Ahmaud Arbery and then George Floyd.  So he recognizes these injustices.  He puts a focus on them, but he also recognizes our valiant police officers who have taken to the streets each and every night over the last six nights and protected our communities.

     Q    And on Antifa: Can you explain what the legal authority the President has -- is for designating Antifa as a terrorist organization?  And can you also talk about why he does not want to label white supremacist groups that are domestically located as terrorist organizations as well?

     MS. MCENANY:  So let me address the first part about legal authority.  Title 18, Section 2331 allows that the term -- it defines domestic terrorism as involving “acts dangerous to human life that…appear…intended to influence the policy of a government…”  And other elements are laid out.  And it allows the Department of Justice, when utilizing this statute, to invoke greater investigatory authority and to invoke harsher -- harsher penalties.

     I would note that the Justice Department has, in the past, used domestic terrorism in consultation with acts of white supremacy or what were racially motivated acts.  Like, in April 2020, a Florida man pled guilty to threatening an African American Charlottesville city council candidate, and at that time, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force was utilized.  Same in the case of February 2020, where it was used in connection to four racially motivated violent extremists.

     And I would also note the President's long history of condemning white supremacy and racism.  There is no place in society for these egregious, egregious, despicable ideologies. 

     Q    Why hasn’t he designated any white nationalist groups as terrorist organizations?

     MS. MCENANY:  It has been used -- I explained how, in this case, that domestic terrorism will be used as a way that the crime is prosecuted.  It's a prosecutorial method, and it was utilized in the same exact way with regard to white supremacy.

     Yes.

     Q    Thanks, Kayleigh.  On the Minnesota police officers, is he suggesting that they should be charged as well, as the officer who's already been charged -- the other three?

     And also, on Antifa, can you explain a little bit about how -- how he know or how -- is he talking about how you would identify members of Antifa?  Since they're a very loose organization, it would be very difficult to tell who is part of it.

     MS. MCENANY:  So, first, I was just on the call with the President, where he expressed his dismay with those three officers who watched.  I'll leave it to the state to pursue those charges if they decide to.  It was the state that pursued the initial charge.  But the President has expressed his complete dismay with those actions.

     With Antifa, I do think it's important to note that they are a big element of this protest.  AG Barr has noted that.  Ambassador O'Brien has noted that.  We have ample evidence that DOJ has received, indicating that Antifa is responsible for that unrest.  But as to exactly how Antifa is identified, that would be more of a question for DOJ.

     Yes.

     Q    When you talk about additional federal assets, does the President have authority to deploy forces across the country beyond the National Guard?

     MS. MCENANY:  He does.  And, look, we're looking at every tool in the -- in the federal toolkit available to us.  You know, ideally, this would have been resolved at the state level.  The states, after all, have the police power embedded in the 10th Amendment, and it is their responsibility to patrol their -- their streets.  But you’re right to say that there are many federal authorities, including the one you cited, available to us.

     Q    And did he bring this up with the governors in the phone call today?

     MS. MCENANY:  The focus of the call with the governors was really the National Guard, not that specific tool in the toolkit that you mentioned, but the National Guard and how it should be utilized much stronger than it's currently being utilized.

     Yes.  I will go to -- let’s see -- Jeff.

     Q    Okay.  Thanks.  Following up on the -- what Jon was asking earlier: Governor Whitmer -- she said she found the President’s call today deeply disturbing.  And she said the President told the governors they need to “put it down” or they would be overridden.  So what -- I mean, is there a specific authority he’s using?  Because, as you know, Posse Comitatus really prevents the use of the Army to put down domestic insurrection of any kind.

     MS. MCENANY:  Yeah, I don’t know why Governor Whitner [sic] -- Whitmer would be dismayed at the President telling governors to do their job.  It is their responsibility to police their streets.  They have the police power embedded in the Constitution.  They have, quite clearly -- many of them -- failed to do their job.  Look at the scenes we have seen.

     And it's gotten to the point where, today, the President has said enough is enough.  You know, “There are tools I can use, namely deploying National Guard.”  Many others that -- Steve cited one: the Insurrection Act.  It’s one of the tools available.  Whether the President decides to pursue that, that's his prerogative.

     Right now, we're looking at a focus on the National Guard.  That's where it currently stands.  And, you know, there's a distinction between the National Guard and military forces in the street.  I would note the National Guard are the friends and neighbors in these communities who are used and, as I noted the study from General Milley, used to great effect when they are deployed.

     So the focus of the call was the National Guard -- encouraging the deployment, far more than the 17,000 out there, and utilizing them this evening, certainly.

     Q    And you said that number was 200,000.  Would you like to see 100,000 National Guard on the street or 200,000 --

     MS. MCENANY:  I won't put a number on it.  I think it's incumbent on governors to look at the situation.  You know, a case in Texas might not merit the same thing as, you know, New York City.  So he's encouraging the governors to up those levels, but there's not a specific number that he has in mind.

     David.

     Q    Kayleigh, there is a perception that the President is hiding in the bunker on the racial protest issue.  He was literally put in a bunker on Friday night by the Secret Service.  I mean, would you agree that he is hiding out on this issue?  And is that a good posture to be in?

     MS. MCENANY:  I would not.  I would not agree with that at all.  Look, I was on the phone with the President at least half a dozen times yesterday, and every time I talked to him, he was telling me about a different action he had taken, whether it was talking to a governor about this or a foreign leader about ventilators.

     This President has been leading.  He met with generals yesterday.  He's, each and every moment, taking another action to try to solve and resolve what we've seen in our streets.  Where the governors have failed, he's stepped in.  He is acting.  He's hard at work.  You've heard from him on this issue any number of times, and he is working because that's the job of the President is to keep this country safe.

     Q    But we haven’t heard him on camera that much.  Is he going to give some kind of speech or specific event about, you know, all these disturbances in hundreds of cities?

     MS. MCENANY:  I really think that that's a misnomer in the media.  You know, it was really appalling some of the coverage I saw.  Like, The New York Times yesterday made no myr- -- no mention of the myriad times that the President has spoken on this issue.  Instead, in paragraph 14, they made a cursory mention of his remarks at Space Force, most of which, at least half of which pertained to George Floyd.

     There was a Washington Post article with an egregious headline about Trump staying silent.  He hasn't been silent on this.  I have a whole list of his remarks there.  And instead, paragraph 23, they note, "Oh wait, we're contradicting our own headline.  The President did, in fact, make remarks."

     Contrary to the silent headline, you had Don Lemon on CNN saying, at 9:38 p.m. on Saturday night, the President has been silent.  Ironically, that comment came four afters [hours] after the President was quite audibly speaking at this issue.  I was there for the remarks.  And then you had CNN double down the next day, Sunday afternoon, saying the President was silent.

     And, you know, I don't want to bore you with reading out all of his statements, but it sounds like I should read a few, like the President saying, it's "a grave tragedy" that "filled Americans all over the country with horror, anger, and grief…and I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice."  He said, "I understand the pain the people are feeling."

     I can go on and on, but I would just be repeating what the President has already said, because make no mistake: This President has not been silent.  And at this moment, he is acting to protect this country from the lawlessness we saw just out here in Lafayette Park last night.

     Yes.

     Q    A particularly egregious act -- St. John's Church, “Church of the Presidents,” was targeted last night.  Graffiti all over it.  Set it on fire.  What is the President's reaction to that, please?

     MS. MCENANY:  It's hurtful, honestly.  I think it's hurtful on a number of levels.  Look, the VA was defaced.  Literally, the word "veteran" spray-painted out of the placard in front of the Department of Veteran Affairs.  The Lincoln Memorial defaced.  How does that make much sense?  The place where the March on Washington began.  That moment -- that momentous occasion in the history of civil rights -- that memorial was defaced last night.  That doesn't honor the legacy of George Floyd.  It doesn't.  And certainly not the burning of St. John's Church.

     Look, St. John's -- I think it's important to go through a little bit of this, but Reverend John C. Harper was the St. John's rector many centuries ago -- at least decades -- centuries, and a few decades ago.

     And here's what he was told: He was told he needed to close St. John's because he couldn't leave it open for the March on Washington because, quote, "it might be a bloodbath."  But he stood boldly.  He stood boldly, and he stood on the side of justice.  And on the day the March on Washington happened, here's what was sung from that church:

     One family on Earth are we
     Throughout its widest span:
     O help us everywhere to see the brotherhood of man.

     And, of course, we know that the March on Washington ended with Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. giving that incredible speech, "I Have a Dream."

     And that church, the same church that was burning last night, here is what they said.  Taking that bold stance to support Martin Luther King, they said this: "This church building is open, as it has always been, [so] all who want to worship here.  The ministry of this parish is extended to any who seek it.  Our fellowship with one another has no limitations whatsoever."  That church supported the bold civil rights moments of the March on Washington, which began at the Lincoln Memorial.

     That doesn't honor the legacy of George Floyd.  It doesn't further the cause.  And those are violent anarchists, Antifa, who are taking advantage of the pain of people, the pain of the peaceful protesters.  It's inexcusable, and we have to stand as one America against the burning of the church and the defacement of the Lincoln Memorial.

     Chanel.

     Q    Thank you, Kayleigh.  Is it possible that D.C. will be placed under martial law in order to protect these national monuments from further destruction?

     And second, under the Civil Rights Act of '68, will this administration investigate either members of Congress or political organizations who are funding or tied to Antifa, moving forward?

     MS. MCENANY:  Yeah, you know, on Antifa, I think at this point we're pursuing the domestic terrorism angle.  That’s what the DOJ has decided.

     And what was -- your first question was about martial law?

     Q    Martial law to protect national monuments in D.C.

     MS. MCENANY:  Yeah, so I have not heard that discussed.

     Q    Can you rule it out?

     MS. MCENANY:  Any other questions?  Yes.

     Q    Thank you.  Can you confirm a phone call earlier today between Presidents Trump and Putin?  And if so, considering what the President said to governors later in the day, did he ask President Putin for advice on how to quell unrest in his own country?

     MS. MCENANY:  I don't have any details on that call.  I wasn't a part of it.  But -- and I am not entirely certain what was discussed, but the call did take place.

     Yes.

     Q    Does the President regret using phrases like, “When the shooting starts, the looting starts” -- “the looting starts, the shooting starts” and phrases like “vicious dogs”?  Is he considering apologizing?

     MS. MCENANY:  So, the President, on the looting point, he was taken wildly out of context.  Twitter -- it's interesting to watch.  I've seen multiple instances of real incitement of violence on Twitter, but they've never penalized those users, like, for instance, Iran.  We've seen horrific tweets from the Iranian regime about the elimination of the “Zionist regime,” to quote them, and they -- that was never flagged.  Interesting that their gut instinct was to flag the President, and they did so in an inaccurate way.

     The President very clearly laid out what he meant by that tweet -- that looting leads to shooting.  And we have seen the unfortunate killing of one person in Minneapolis.  There were seven people shot in a St. Louis riot a few nights ago.

     And the President clearly laid out what he meant.  But it is interesting to watch the gut instinct of Twitter to go ahead and label what the President said as somehow inciting violence, which it absolutely was not.

     But, look, I want to say this: We cannot let violence and we cannot let looting and a few bad actors divide us as an American people.  The American spirit is defined by love and mutual acceptance and kindness.  And despite the horrific scenes we've seen played throughout the media, there are some things that we haven't seen.  And I think it's important for the American people to see them.

     And, Judd, I'm going to call for that sound bite now of some video that I think it’s very important for us all to watch.

     (A video is played.)

     MS. MCENANY:  Across the country, we’ve seen examples of police protecting protesters, and protesters embracing police, and it's been beautiful to watch.  Those images have not been played all that often.

     And I just want to leave you with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that, “We must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools.”

     Thank you.

                                    END          2:39 P.M. EDT

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