Washington | US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on far-right militias, about which he made ambiguous remarks on Tuesday, to “let the police do their job.”
“I don't know who the Proud Boys are,” said Mr. Trump, referring to this nationalist small group that he had called during his debate against Democratic candidate Joe Biden to “be ready”.
“The only thing I can say is that they must withdraw and let the police do their job,” he added, obviously anxious to allay the heated controversy arising from his statements the day before.
Called Tuesday evening by journalist Chris Wallace to explicitly condemn white supremacists, the tenant of the White House had dodged.
He then called on the Proud Boys to “step back and be ready.”
Visibly delighted with the presidential wording, the paramilitary group immediately adopted the slogan, posting a logo on social networks with the words “Stand Back, Stand By”.