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Trump Tasks Fed. Law Enforcement To Arrest DC Vandals, Vows To Block An ‘Autonomous Zone’

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After a night of violent protests in Lafayette Park outside of the White House Monday, President Donald Trump is threatening vandals who destroy federal property with “up to 10 years in prison,” he wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1275379766959505408

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1275409656488382465

Overnight, vandals sought to topple the Andrew Jackson statue near the White House. The rioters also attempted to establish an autonomous zone outside of St. John’s church, the very building rioters recently torched in the protests that followed the tragic death of George Floyd.

The President said offenders could face up to 10 years in prison under the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act of 2003. “Whoever, in a circumstance described in subsection (b), willfully injures or destroys, or attempts to injure or destroy, any structure, plaque, statue, or other monument on public property commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the United States shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.”

The President wrote that the action will be “effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused,” adding that “There will be no exceptions!”

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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis

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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.

“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’  I said, is it being studied right now?  Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”

“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.

 

The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.

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