The visit caused outrage of the head of the capital’s Episcopal diocese.
President Donald Trump walked to visit the historic St. John’s Church near the White House after law enforcement cleared Lafayette Park of demonstrators, using tear gas against them.
Trump visited the Church after, speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, he promised to mobilize the military to help quell the protests that broke out across the country after the death of George Floyd.
Trump posed for photos in front of a Church that was set on fire on Sunday evening when protests began to turn violent in Washington’s White House district.
Trump held a Bible while posing with aides, including attorney General William Barr, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
“The greatest country in the world,” the President told reporters, noting that his administration intends to maintain its security.
However, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Maryann Edgar Buddy, said that she was “outraged” by Trump’s visit to the Church. “The President did not pray when he came to St. John’s Church, and he also did not recognize the excruciating pain that our country is experiencing now,” Buddy told CNN.