On Monday evening, police and the military launched tear gas against protesters near the White House.
Reporters on the scene are now reporting the action was done so Trump could visit St. John's church, where he posed with a Bible for a photo opportunity.
Trump's visit was in violation of the curfew imposed on Washington, DC.
BREAKING: Lafayette Square Park was cleared of protesters to allow Trump to walk through here. #dcprotest https://t.co/BJbbL6M81l— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs)1591052668.0
A cameraman was bashed by police during the effort to clear the area.
US President Donald Trump holds a Bible at St. John's Church across the street from the White House after tear gas… https://t.co/csLfuwpBcd— AFP News Agency (@AFP News Agency)1591054175.0
The pastor of St. John's on Fox News just said he had no idea what was going to be happening at his church tonight… https://t.co/EFlR2p7P0e— Meridith McGraw (@Meridith McGraw)1591054008.0
President Trump returns to the White House after walking across Lafayette Park to St. John's Church. https://t.co/RatTNI7koh— CSPAN (@CSPAN)1591054366.0