United States President Donald Trump administration is preparing major effort to protect the historical monuments of the country's heritage. including assigning United States Marshals to oversee them and signing an executive order to protect them, people familiar with the plan say.
President Trump personally appointed interior secretary David Bernhardt to restore the only Confederate statue in Washington, DC, after it was torn down by protesters last week, two people familiar with the matter told CNN.
Mr Donald Trump raged at the sight of the statue being torn down and burned down on June 19, Trump also tweeted, The DC police are not doing their duty properly as they watch a statue be ripped down and burn. Trump later instructed Bernhardt to put the statue of Confederate Gen. Albert Pike back up, as first reported by NBC.
The National Park service reacted to Trump's request and said, It is the intent of the National Park Service to mitigate any damage to any monument, statue and memorial damaged due to any crminal activity.
The White House expects United States Marshals to help protect national historical monuments from the protesters as early as this week, officials said, after President Trump made it clear that he would take strict actions to ensure monuments aren't torn down and those who do would suffer long term jail sentence.
The US Marshals are expected to begin their work before the end of the week. The Washington Post first reported the US marshals expected involvement.
The US Marshals service does not confirm or deny any potential enforcement activities, the agency told in response to a request for comment.
President Trump plans to sign an executive order in the next few days protecting historical statues and monuments from the protesters, he said on Wednesday. The substances of the order wasn't immediately clear and officials said they were still drafting it.