TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – President Donald Trump says he’s given the federal government the green light to “arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S.”
“This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!” the president wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning.
Protesters have toppled a number of Confederate monuments and other memorials as demonstrations against police violence continue to rock the country after the death of George Floyd.
A number of cities have ordered the statues removed, but many protesters have taken it upon themselves to remove them. On Monday evening, protesters attempted to take down a bronze statue of President Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, in a park next to the White House.
Trump says such offenses would be punishable with up to 10 years in prison, in accordance with the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act.
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