Report: WH Officials Celebrated After Protesters Were Gassed For Photo-Op
White House officials were celebratory after peaceful protesters were cleared by police using tear gas and other tactics so President Donald Trump could stage a photo op at a nearby church, a senior administration official told Axios.
One senior aide was exuberantly telling friends the photograph of him holding a Bible in front of the church that had been attacked by vandals was an “iconic” moment for the president.
But a senior White House official told Axios that when they saw the tear gas clearing the crowd for Trump to walk to the church with his entourage: "I’ve never been more ashamed. I’m really honestly disgusted. I’m sick to my stomach. And they’re all celebrating it. They’re very very proud of themselves."
Trump’s decision to address the nation from the Rose Garden amid ongoing protests reportedly was made only hours before it took place.
Some top White House officials argued against the speech, but others argued that Trump was losing his base by staying hidden from public view.