President Trump on Sunday said he would begin withdrawing National Guard troops from Washington, DC, but warned they could “quickly return.”
“I have just given an order for our National Guard to begin the process of withdrawing from Washington, D.C., now that everything is under perfect control. They will be going home, but can quickly return, if needed. Far fewer protesters showed up last night than expected! ” the president posted on Twitter.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has been feuding with Trump over the military response to the protests and claims the government is “inflaming” the rallies that have erupted in Washington and other cities across the country after George Floyd’s death on May 25, urged the. president to remove the troops in a letter last Friday.
“The protestors have been peaceful, and last night, the Metropolitan Police Department did not make a single arrest. Therefore, I am requesting that you withdraw all extraordinary law enforcement and military presence from Washington, DC, ”Bowser wrote in the letter.
After Bowser had the “Black Lives Matter” painted on a street leading to the White House, Trump called the Democrat “incompetent.”
“The incompetent Mayor of Washington, DC, @MayorBowser, who’s budget is totally out of control and is constantly coming back to us for ‘handouts’, is now fighting with the National Guard, who saved her from great embarrassment over the last number of. nights, ”Trump tweeted.
Bowser, who was elected in 2015, accused Trump of hiding “alone” in the heavily fortified White House while he called out the military to deal with protesters who have been rallying since Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police department.
Major Gen. William J. Walker, commander of the National Guard in Washington, DC, said the extra troops brought in the quell the protests could be gone from the capital by Monday.
“They will be redeploying this week. Probably as early as Monday, ”Walker told CNN.