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Reports indicate that snowballs of fire were sighted near the White House as US-wide protests rage. The Guardian of London reports that Trump told governors: You have to ‘dominate’ protesters.  During his video teleconference with the nation’s governors, Trumptold the state leaders that they needed to “dominate” the protesters, according to the Guardian’s Daniel Strauss. The president repeatedly told the governors that they needed to take more severe action against the demonstrators who are protesting in response to the killing of George Floyd. Several people on the call were alarmed by the president’s message, according to a Washington Post reporter.

President Barack Obama has also reportedly counselled protesters to be peaceful while condemning violence from the demonstrations. “If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals,” Obama wrote in a Medium post.

 TIMES NETWORK reports that the U.S Presidential Bunker was first constructed in World War II under the Franklin D Roosevelt Administration, the subterranean facility has, since, undergone several upgrades, with the latest arriving in 2010. Known as the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC), the facility has seen several upgrades, most notably after the 9/11 attacks

The next time the facility underwent transformation was during the presidency of Barack Obama when a highly covert $375 million construction project was undertaken under the North Lawn of the White House. President Trump had toured the facility shortly after being sworn in as the President of the United States.

In his book, ‘The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game,’ former Washington Post reporter Ronald Kessler asserts that a five-story facility now exists under the White House. He also notes that President Trump had toured the facility shortly after being sworn in as the President of the United States.

US President Donald Trump was, reportedly, rushed to an emergency bunker underneath the White House on Friday night, after hundreds of individuals gathered outside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to protest the death of George Floyd. According to reports, the US president spent approximately one hour in the bunker built in the event of a terrorist attack on the White House. The incident would mark the first occasion that the president has had to shelter at the bunker since the commencement of his presidential term in 2016.

Built during World War II:   The White House has been extremely secretive about the secure facility, reportedly, located under the East Wing of the estate. The structure was rumoured to have been built during World War II to account for doomsday scenarios, but underwent significant reconstruction during the Truman Administration between 1948 and 1952.

Known as the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC), the facility has, since, seen several upgrades, most notably after the 9/11 attacks. In 2015, a number of photos showing White House staff including former Vice President Dick Cheney and former First Lady Laura Bush at the PEOC on the day of the attacks, were released.  The photos reveal a room with a large conference table at its center surrounded by several TV screens. As per the descriptions in ‘Raven Rock’, a book by Garrett Graff, the subterranean facility includes a long hallway, a 600 square foot communications and operations room, a briefing area and the command room seen in the pictures.

Upgraded after 9/11: It has been reported that, following the 9/11 attacks, White House staff, and most notably VP Dick Cheney,  came to find the PEOC woefully underprepared, as they tried to reach key personnel. The TVs were also not equipped to video-conference and play audio from news channels simaltaneously. What’s more, the bunker was, reportedly, not designed to house as many occupants as it did on September 11, leading to a rise in carbon dioxide levels within the hermetically sealed environment.

In the months that followed the attacks, the PEOC underwent an extreme upgrade that saw new communications systems installed, and a more capable “command and control network” established. The next time the facility underwent transformation was during the presidency of Barack Obama when a highly covert $375 million construction project was undertaken under the North Lawn of the White House.

Although the White House officially only labelled it an “air conditioning and mechanical systems upgrade,” theories that Obama was beefing up the facility with state of the art communications and computer equipment that would allow a White House team to function undeterred for protracted periods of time during a crisis, were proliferated.

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It has emerged that Donald Trump was taken by Secret Service agents to an underground bunker on Friday night as protesters moved close to the White House, according to reports. Violent unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd continued in cities across the US on Sunday night, as fires burned close to the White House and the presidential building’s exterior lights were briefly shut off.

The Independent of London reports that  President Trump was spirited to safety even  ‘’as the president vowed to designate the militant left-wing demonstrators commonly known as “Antifa” a terrorist organisation. He also attacked Democratic mayors and governors for failing to call in the National Guard to deal with “anarchists”.

TRUMP SAYS STATE GOVERNORS ARE WEAK: Donald Trump has slammed the state governors as “weak” during a fiery call where he implored them to crack down on protesters taking to the streets in cities across the United States. The US President claims Minnesota is a ‘laughing stock all over the world’ as calls mount for him to respond to crisis. Donald Trump spoke with state governors during a video teleconference on Monday that included law enforcement and national security officials. “Most of you are weak,” Mr Trump said. “You have to arrest people.”

He told the state officials they have to get “so much tougher” on the protesters in the coming days. In recent days, the president has focused his attention on the “law and order” of protesters after thousands took to streets across the nation in protest of George Floyd’s death. The president has also targeted groups like the far left-wing Antifa in his harsh words against some of the protests.  Attorney General Bill Barr was also involved in the teleconference and told governors that law enforcement needs to “dominate” the streets to arrest “troublemakers”. Mr Trump said he would “activate Bill Barr” and “activate him strongly” if needed

Pix CrediT: Police form a line near the White House as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd.  |  Photo Credit: AP

Joe Biden pacifies protesters: Presidential aspirant, Joe R. Biden has reportedly pacified protesters. Biden stated that: ‘’These last few days have laid bare that we are a nation furious at injustice. Every person of conscience can understand the rawness of the trauma people of color experience in this country, from the daily indignities to the extreme violence, like the horrific killing of George Floyd. Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response. But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not.  Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not.

The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason we protest. It should not drive people away from the just cause that protest is meant to advance. I know that there are people all across this country who are suffering tonight. Suffering the loss of a loved one to intolerable circumstances, like the Floyd family, or to the virus that is still gripping our nation. Suffering economic hardships, whether due to COVID-19 or entrenched inequalities in our system. And I know that a grief that dark and deep may at times feel too heavy to bear. I know.

And I also know that the only way to bear it is to turn all that anguish to purpose. So tonight, I ask all of America to join me — not in denying our pain or covering it over — but using it to compel our nation across this turbulent threshold into the next phase of progress, inclusion, and opportunity for our great democracy. We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us.

As President, I will help lead this conversation — and more importantly, I will listen. I will keep the commitment I made to George’s brother, Philonise, that George will not just be a hashtag. We must and will get to a place where everyone, regardless of race, believes that “to protect and serve” means to protect and serve them. Only by standing together will we rise stronger than before. More equal, more just, more hopeful — and that much closer to our more perfect union.

Please stay safe. Please take care of each other.


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