President Trump isn’t taking any chances over the Fourth of July weekend. The Department of Homeland Security announced that the administration tasked special law enforcement teams with protecting monuments at risk of being vandalized by protesters.
DHS didn’t say which monuments would be protected, or give details on the composition of the security teams.
For his part, Trump will be at Mount Rushmore to watch fireworks on the Fourth. He’s been vocal in criticizing those who have vandalized and toppled statues and monuments and signed an executive order reinforcing the penalties for destruction of public property.
Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said in the announcement:
“While the department respects every American’s right to protest peacefully, violence and civil unrest will not be tolerated.”