WATCH: Tall Metal Fence Goes Up Around WH, A Move That Suggests Trump Is Scared
Washington D.C. woke up to the installation of new metal fencing around the White House on Thursday morning, according to Newsweek, as protests against the death of George Floyd continue well into their second week.
The news outlet reported that “Video taken by CNN's Betsy Klein showed a pallet truck stacked with fence panels and a team of workers in high-visibility clothing installing the new perimeter.”
The additional barrier comes after prior reports that barricades around the White House have been breached.
President Donald Trump was taken to the White House bunker on Friday evening, though he claimed this week that it was “more for an inspection” than for security reasons.
Newsweek also noted that there is an increased National Guard presence in Washington.
The Pentagon has also “ordered forces and bases in the Washington, D.C. area to "Force Protection Condition Charlie," a threat condition indicating targeting of military forces or terrorist activity is likely.”
Trump’s response to the protests — most of which have been peaceful but have at times devolved into violence and looting — has been one emphasizing “law and order,” with threats to unleash the U.S. military on protesters.
The president said earlier this week: "If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them."