Police used tear gas and flash grenades to disperse a crowd of peaceful protesters gathered at Lafayette Square across from the White House on Monday evening, in order for President Trump to pose for photos in front of the historic St. John's Church. The incident took place right before Trump began speaking from the Rose Garden, calling on state and local governments to have law enforcement "dominate the streets," or else he would deploy the military. St. John's was built in 1816, and on Sunday night, a fire was set in the church's basement; it was quickly extinguished by firefighters. Trump posed for photos in front of the church, and briefly held up a Bible, telling reporters, "It's a Bible."
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