FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a Bible during a photo opportunity in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church in the midst of ongoing protests over racial inequality in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, outside the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not ask for protesters to be moved out before he walked to an historic church in Washington that had been partially burned, to pose for photos with a Bible and top aides.
“They didn’t use tear gas,” Trump told Fox News Radio interview, contradicting reports by a large number of protesters and reporters that tear gas was deployed to move them away from the church. “Now, when I went, I didn’t say ‘Oh, move them out.’ I didn’t know who was there.”
Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Tim Ahmann; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama