"The President said very clearly to these state and local leaders, some of whom have made a determination to let these things happen, that it is not a free lunch", Bernhardt said in an interview on Fox News.
"I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue, or other such Federal property in the USA with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran's Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent", he tweeted.
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"Individuals and organizations have the right to peacefully advocate for either the removal or the construction of any monument".
Protesters pull down a fence surrounding the statue of Andrew Jackson in an attempt to pull the statue down in Lafayette Square near the White House on 22 June 2020 in Washington, DC.
Earlier this week, Trump said that he was preparing an order after protestors tried to vandalise a statue of former President Andrew Jackson near the White House amid nationwide demonstrations against racism and police brutality, which are taking place following the death of George Floyd, an African-American man in police custody last month.
It is unclear who has been behind each monument's vandalism and attack.
Bernhardt said that National Park Service is required by law to "conserve these monuments for future generations".
The executive order calls for limiting federal funds to state and local jurisdictions and police agencies that "permit the desecration of monuments, memorial or statues".
Trump's order comes as protesters across the nation have pulled down statues, particularly those honoring Confederate leaders due to their support for slavery. Washington, America's first president, also became a target in which protests tore down his statue in Portland, Oregon, and defaced a different statue in Baltimore. Some people don't like that language, but that's what they are.