President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday to protect monuments, memorials and statues facing new scrutiny amid fresh debate over the nation’s racist beginnings.
The order calls on the attorney general to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law any person or group that destroys or vandalizes a monument, memorial or statue.
Federal law authorizes a penalty of up to 10 years in prison for the “willful injury” of federal property.
Donald Trump also used Twitter to call for the arrest of protesters involved in this week’s attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson from a park directly in front of the White House.
The president retweeted an FBI wanted poster showing pictures of 15 protesters who are wanted for “vandalisation of federal property.”
He wrote, “MANY people in custody, with many others being sought for Vandalization of Federal Property in Lafayette Park. 10 year prison sentences!”
Donald Trump has confirmed many people are in police custody and says he is seeking help in identifying 15 other suspects for the vandalization of Federal Property in Lafayette Park.
On Friday, the US president posted an image on Twitter showing the suspects U.S. Park Police believe vandalized an Andrew Jackson statue in Washington’s Lafayette Square area on Monday.
He wrote alongside the image: ‘MANY people in custody, with many others being sought for Vandalization of Federal Property in Lafayette Park. 10-year prison sentences!’