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Trump signs executive order to protect monuments, statues from vandalism

US President Donald Trump said he had signed a "very strong" executive order aimed at protecting the country's monuments and statues from vandalism

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Dallas : In this June 11, 2020 photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion about Transition to Greatness: Restoring, Rebuilding, and Renewing, at Gateway Church Dallas in Dallas | AP/PTI
US President Donald Trump

US President on Friday (local time) said that he has signed a "very strong" executive order aimed at protecting the country's and from vandalism.

"I just had the privilege of signing a very strong executive order protecting American monuments, memorials and -- and combatting recent criminal violence. Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our great country!" Trump tweeted.

The White House is yet to release details on the executive order.

Earlier this week, Trump said that he was preparing an order after protestors tried to vandalise a statue of former President Andrew Jackson near the White House amid nationwide demonstrations against racism and police brutality, which are taking place following the death of George Floyd, an African-American man in police custody last month.

The US President asserted that the order would reinforce existing law, The Hill reported.

The Veterans' Memorial Preservation Act passed in 2003 already empowers authorities to impose fines and a jail term of up to 10 years for "attempts to injure or destroy, any structure, plaque, statue or other monument on public property commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the US."

At a press conference, Trump said that the executive order would "consolidate various things."

The National Guard has been activated in Washington DC to protect federal following Monday's attempt by the protestors to topple Andrew Jackson's bust.

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First Published: Sat, June 27 2020. 05:50 IST
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