Here are some significant developments:
- President Trump accused the protesters forcibly removed by federal law enforcement near the White House of setting the fire that damaged the basement at St. John’s Episcopal Church as part of the week-long unrest. Trump again used the word “thugs” to describe Black Lives Matter protesters and people who have damaged property and looted stores.
- In his first public remarks on the U.S. protests, Pope Francis urged people not to “tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form,” and called for “national reconciliation and peace.”
- Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper urged military personnel to “stay apolitical” as troops are increasingly called in to assist local police responding to protests, looting and riots in cities across the United States.
- Hundreds of protesters massed outside Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s official residence Tuesday evening, demanding that the Democratic leader defund the police and fire the city’s police chief, Michel R. Moore.
- Current and former U.S. intelligence officials have expressed dismay at the similarity between events at home and the signs of decline or democratic regression they were trained to detect in other nations. “This is what happens in countries before a collapse. It really does unnerve me,” said Gail Helt, a former CIA analyst.