Bill Barr Contradicts Trump: President Was Moved to White House Bunker During Protests
Attorney General William Barr has said President Donald Trump was in the White House bunker during recent protests in Washington, D.C. Barr told Fox News that the Secret Service recommended moving the President there for his safety. This contradicts Trump’s claim that he was merely inspecting it.
Barr said that moving the perimeter around the White House as a reaction “to three days of extremely violent demonstrations right across from the White House – a lot of injuries to police officers, arson.”
“Things were so bad that the Secret Service recommended that the President go down to the bunker,” he said. “We can’t have that in our country. And so the decision was made. We had to move the perimeter one block. And that was what we were doing.”
Following mockery on social media and news reports about his use of the bunker, President Trump last week denied he had actually been using it for his own protection. Instead, he asserted he was just inspecting it.
“I went down during the day, and I was there for a tiny little short period of time, and it was much more for an inspection, there was no problem during the day,” Trump said.
“They said it would be a good time to go down and take a look because maybe sometime you’re going to need it.”
Barr is not the first person in the administration to correct Trump’s claim, but he is the first to do so publicly.