President Trump has stated he had federal forces on standby when Seattle’s mayor ordered the removal of its illegal autonomous zone. During a recent interview, the president reiterated Mayor Jenny Durkin sent in local law enforcement to dismantle the CHOP zone after he called to say federal troops were going in.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has defended the role of the National Guard in upholding “law and order” amid recent riots. While testifying before Congress, Esper stated active duty troops never engaged with the rioters nor used force against them during the George Floyd protests.
Police surrounded the White House on Wednesday to clear out protesters, who were trying to set up what they called the ‘Black House Autonomous Zone.’