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Tear Gas Clears Way for Trump Moment at Church Damaged in Unrest

  • Trump wanted photo op after critics said he should be visible
  • Police use gas, horses and concussion grenades to clear park
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WATCH: The U.S. is “coming back strong” and will be “greater than ever before,“ Trump tells reporters during the photo opportunity.Source: Bloomberg

With his path cleared by tear gas, concussion grenades and mounted police, Donald Trump strode across Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday evening to stand before the church of U.S. presidents and reinforce the get-tough message he had just delivered to the nation.

Phalanxes of District of Columbia police and National Guard, plus Secret Service and other law enforcement personnel, had moved less than an hour earlier on a peaceful crowd gathered just across from the White House to protest the death of a black man in police custody. Police on horseback shoved demonstrators while other officers lobbed tear-gas canisters and grenades that make a deafening noise and blinding light.