Several military trucks carrying troops in tan uniforms and helmets were seen entering White House grounds shortly after 5 p.m. on the East Coast on Monday, as the nation's capital prepares for a fourth consecutive evening of protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.
"At 5:05 pm, I counted 9 two and a half ton military trucks carrying troops in tan uniforms and helmets pull off 17th Street into the White House grounds," Time magazine reporter Brian Bennett tweeted.
Donald Trump has spent a good portion of his Monday calling on state and local leaders to "dominate" the streets of their cities with National Guard and police units to deter the pockets of vandalism and looting that have marked many of the protests across the country in recent days.
In a phone call with governors on Monday, the president underscored the fact that he is more focused on maintaining a message of law and order than he is on sympathising with the non-violent masses protesting police brutality.
"You have to dominate," Mr Trump told the governors.
"If you don't dominate, you're wasting your time," he said, adding that he believed most of them were "weak."