United States President Donald Trump Photograph:( Reuters )
Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday has sparked protests in dozens of cities across the US, including Washington DC.
As protests raged outside the White House over the killing of George Floyd on Friday night, US President Donald Trump was rushed to a special secure bunker be the Secret Service agents.
Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday has sparked protests in several cities across the US, including Washington DC.
As protesters converged on the White House on Friday, the New York Times report said, “Secret Service agents abruptly rushed the president to the underground bunker used in the past during terrorist attacks.”
Hardened to withstand the force of a passenger jet crashing into the White House, the bunker is the same one that sheltered vice president Dick Cheney during the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. “The president and his family were rattled by their experience on Friday night, according to several advisers,” the Times report said.
The US president has been widely criticized for his response to the protests that have rocked the nation since video of Floyd’s death began spreading on social media.
Trump has not addressed the nation since the protests and has repeatedly sent inflammatory messages over Twitter.
Late on Friday, Trump tweeted that protesters could have been attacked with “vicious dogs and ominous weapons” wielded by the US Secret Service and accused the DC mayor for supposedly not providing police to protect the White House.
“They let the ‘protesters’ scream and rant as much as they wanted, but whenever someone got too frisky or out of line, they would quickly come down on them, hard – didn’t know what hit them,” Trump said.
“If they had [breached the fence],” the president continued, “they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That’s when people would have been really badly hurt, at least.”