Trump signs ‘strong’ executive order to protect monuments

The base of the statue of former president Andrew Jackson is power washed inside a newly closed Lafayette Park, Wednesday in Washington, which has been the site of protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday to protect monuments, memorials and statues facing new scrutiny amid fresh debate over the nation’s racist beginnings.