22:14, 07-Jun-2020

Trump orders National Guard to withdraw from capital

Updated 22:34, 07-Jun-2020


U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered the National Guard's withdrawal from Washington, D.C.

"I have just given an order for our National Guard to start the process of withdrawing from Washington, D.C., now that everything is under perfect control," Trump wrote in a Twitter post on Sunday morning. "They will be going home, but can quickly return, if needed. Far fewer protesters showed up last night than anticipated!"

Trump's order comes three days after mayor of Washington, D.C. Muriel Bowser requested the withdrawal of the U.S. National Guard from the capital.

Early this week, about 4,500 National Guard troops from around the U.S. were flown to Washington on Trump's orders in light of heated protests over the killing of African American George Floyd while in police custody.