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Trump rushed to bunker under White House amid George Floyd riots -

The US President Donald Trump has been rushed to an underground safety bunker as violent protests raged outside the White House.

Reports have emerged that Mr Trump was taken to the White House bunker as angry demonstrators gathered outside the building on Friday night.

The reports, confirmed by CNN and the New York Times, came from a White House source and a police source.

Loud chants of “Black lives matter” could be heard from the White House grounds, with thousands of protesters descending on the area and lighting fires as police spray tear gas in response.

The state’s entire National Guard have been called to assist, with multiple large fires - including nearby St John’s Church - set ablaze.

Mr Trump was in the bunker for just under an hour, and the First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron were also taken to the bunker for protection.

The source told CNN: “If the condition at the White House is elevated to RED and the President is moved”.

Amid the reports of the President forced into shelter, Mr Trump lashed out angrily on Twitter as protesters took to the streets across the US to demonstrate in increasingly violent scenes.

In 18 tweets fired off in a single day, Mr Trump blamed the “radical left” and “Democratic Mayors and Governors” and the “lamestream media” in divisive language.

Protests have raged for a sixth straight night sparked by the death of African-American man George Floyd, who was killed by white police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.

As the protests spiral out of control and show no sign of calming down, distressing scenes of widespread fires, looting, violence and chaos have continued to unfold in major and smaller cities across the country.

Mr Trump angrily lashed out at protesters, firing off 18 tweets on Sunday, targeting the “lamestream media” and sections of agitator protest groups known in the US as “Antifa”.

He called the protesters “anarchists” and urged Democratic leaders to “call in the National Guard now” as scenes of violent clashes in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Santa Monica and numerous other cities were widely reported.

The President then called for “Law and order” in a tweet as thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the White House, later setting numerous fires and clashing with police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets, and hit journalists with batons.

Mr Trump also targeted specific media organisations, tweeting the words “Fake news” and naming major news organisations who’d been offering round the clock coverage from the on the scene of the protests.

The President also repeated claims that the vast majority of protesters placed under arrest during protest action in Minneapolis were from outside of the state of Minnesota, and had travelled from out of state to cause trouble.

The claims were repeated by other officials from the state, including the Governor and the Mayor of the city. These claims were quickly found to be false, with 80 per cent of the protesters arrested coming from inside of the state.

Mr Trump also targeted Antifa agitators in his tweets, vowing to reclassify the group as a “terrorist organisation”. Antifa — meaning anti-fascists — is a term used to describe far left activists who are not affiliated with the US Democratic party.

They often employ anarcho-militant tactics and are anti-government activists who oppose wealth and elite groups.

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2020-06-01 04:21:25Z

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