President Trump was angered by coverage depicting him holed up in his bunker during protests near the White House and told aides on Monday he wanted to be seen outside the White House gates, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Trump's desire to be seen where the protests had occurred partly drove the decision to stage a photo-op at St. John's Church, which was preceded by police using tear gas and flash grenades to clear the area of peaceful protesters.
Trump and his family were rushed to the underground bunker as protests raged outside the White House on Friday evening. Trump wasn't seen on Sunday and spent most of Monday behind closed doors — leading to concern even from his allies that he was absent at a moment of national crisis.
Trump expressed frustration that he was being depicted as alarmed by the protests outside his home and hunkered underground, believing he appeared weak.