(BBC) – Washington’s Catholic archbishop has strongly criticised President Donald Trump’s visit to a shrine as civil unrest continues in the US over the death of a black man in police custody.
The visit “misused” and “manipulated” the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, Archbishop Wilton D Gregory said.
He said he found the president’s action “baffling and reprehensible”.
Filmmaker Spike Lee told the BBC anger over George Floyd’s death and systemic injustice are fuelling protests.
On Monday Mr Trump threatened to send in the military to quell disturbances, vowing to “dominate the streets.”
Peaceful and violent protests sparked by the killing of Mr Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May continued overnight.
The president said he would deploy the army if cities and states failed to control the protests.
But on Tuesday at least one city mayor rejected the use of National Guard and military forces.
Presidential candidate Joe Biden criticised Mr Trump for using the crisis to appeal to his supporters, saying he was “serving the passions of his base”.