‘Christians think it was beautiful!’ Donald Trump defends infamous Bible photo-op despite chairman of joint chiefs apologizing for it – and church where president married Melania slams it too
- President Trump defended the infamous photo-op as a ‘beautiful picture’
- He said Christians ‘think it was a beautiful picture’
- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said Thursday he should not have gone to the photo-op
- Trump posed in front of St. John’s church after police cleared Lafayette Square
President Donald Trump defended his infamous photo-op in front of St. John’s church as a ‘beautiful picture,’ a day after the chairman of the joint chiefs apologized for being there right before it happened.
‘I think it was a beautiful picture. I’ll tell you, I think Christians think it was a beautiful picture,’ Trump told Fox News in an interview recorded Thursday.
The picture featured Trump holding up a bible in front of the church after police and national guard cleared way protesters, aided by mounted Park Police, pepper balls, and flash bangs.
Milley came under criticism for accompany President Trump on his way to a photo-op at St. John’s church
Attorney General Bill Barr, who was seen in Lafayette Park earlier and who was pictured walking to the church with Trump, says he told officials to clear Lafayette Square, but not specifically for the photo.
The images came after Trump gave a Rose Garden statement May 31 calling for ‘law and order.’
Before Trump made the statement, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley apologized for his decision to accompany him to the event, saying he ‘should not have been there.’
Milley acknowledged the mistake in a commencement speech to the National Defense University Thursday.
Trump defended the photo-op in an interview with Fox News
Gen. Mark Milley issued his extraordinary apology in a speech to graduating students at the National Defense University Thursday
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley (r, in combat fatigues) has apologized for accompanying the president to a photo-op at St. John’s church June 1
I think Christians think it was a beautiful picture,’ Trump told Fox News interviewer Harris Faulkner
‘My presence in that moment and in that environment created an impression of the military involved in domestic politics,’ Milley told graduating military and civilian students.
‘I should not have been there,’ said MIlley, amid ongoing blowback about the use of a display of military force to attempt to push back peaceful protesters the day of the photo-op.
On Thursday officials from the diocese that includes the Bethesda-by-the-Sea
Officials from the diocese that includes St. John’s blasted the photo-op immediately after it happened. Clergy the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal church, where President Trump and first lady Melania Trump were married, also blasted it, the Palm Beach Post reported.
‘The problem is not that Mr. Trump stood outside a church with [The] Bible in hand,” says the statement by rector James Harlan and other clergy. “The problem is that he used violence to get there and exploited sacred symbols for purely political purposes — and without even the courtesy of getting in touch with the bishop or rector who first heard of this on the news.”