The protesters outside the White House Monday who were cleared by police prior to President Trump’s brief visit to St. John’s Episcopal Church were “professional agitators” and the media fell for their “calculated” tactics, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said on late Monday.
The Associated Press reported that at about 6:30 p.m., law enforcement officers were “aggressively forcing the protesters back “firing tear gas and deploying flash bangs into the crowd to disperse them from the park for seemingly no reason.
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Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, the likely Democrat nominee to face Trump in 2020, also criticized the president for removing the protesters.
NPR reported that U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops were tasked with removing the protesters.