Washington: Assuring that the capital is “under perfect control”, President Donald Trump said he has ordered the National Guard Troops to start withdrawing from Washington.
“I have just given an order for our National Guard to start the process of withdrawing from Washington, D.C., now that everything is under perfect control,” the President tweeted on Sunday.
“They will be going home, but can quickly return, if needed. Far fewer protesters showed up last night than anticipated.”
The 5,000 National Guard troops brought to Washington last week to quell protests against the death of a black man in police custody.
A group of uniformed military personnel were seen in front of the White House last weekend, as thousands of protesters swelled into D.C. to stage what has been the largest demonstration in the capital.
Less than a week ago as the protests escalated and reached the doorsteps of the presidential residence, Trump threatened the use of active-duty military forces to quell the protests, a decision that drew harsh condemnation from both incumbent and former officials.