(Washington Examiner) President Trump said he has authorized federal law enforcement to arrest those caught vandalizing memorials and charge them under the Veterans’ Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act.
“I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent,” the president tweeted Tuesday morning.
“This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!” he added.
Several historical monuments and war memorials have been defaced or destroyed by vandals over the past few weeks. On Monday night, protesters targeted a statue of Andrew Jackson located in Lafayette Park across from the White House. Trump hinted that he would be using the Veterans’ Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act as protesters attempted to topple the statue and vandalize St. John’s Episcopal Church for a second time.
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