Trump Signs "Very Strong" Executive Order To Protect Monuments, Statues

Ruben Fields
June 27, 2020

Trump signed proclamation on Wednesday to protect U.S. lobster industry.

In a statement, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany underscored that Trump took "swift action to protect and preserve our nation's history from mob violence by signing an executive order directing the enforcement of laws that carry firm penalties of incarceration for those found guilty of desecrating public monuments".

On Tuesday, the President said that he would sign such an executive order, one night after police thwarted demonstrators' attempts to tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson near the White House.

US President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order pledging to enforce prosecution for protesters who vandalise public memorials, as he announced he was skipping a weekend at his New Jersey golf resort to ensure "LAW & ORDER" in Washington.

He continued by threatening those who try to put down said monuments with "long prison terms".

The president has said he wants to expand on provisions in the Veterans' Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act, which allows for fines and jail sentences of up to 10 years for people who destroy monuments "commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the United States".

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The White House ordered the Department of Agriculture Wednesday to provide financial assistance to lobstermen in ME, who have been hurt by President Trump's trade war with China and the European Union.

The executive order calls for federal laws to be used to arrest those who topple statues and monuments, but it's unclear how the order will be largely enforced across the country.

US lawmakers from ME have repeatedly called for aid for the lobster industry, which supports the livelihood of 4,500 state-licensed lobstermen and an additional 10,000 people, generating about $1.5 billion in economic impact each year.

In Washington, D.C., on Friday, activists were expected to demand the removal of a statue of a standing Abraham Lincoln looming over a kneeling black man and his broken shackles.

In Portland, Ore., last week, protesters tore down statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both of whom owned slaves.

The statue of former president Ulysses S. Grant was taken down by almost 400 people in San Francisco.

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