An Australian TV news crew has been caught up in protests in Washington DC, with extraordinary video capturing the moment they were rushed by riot police moving to clear the streets before a Donald Trump photo-opportunity.

7 News reporter Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers were covering the tensions in the US capital ahead of remarks made by President Trump at the White House.

During a live cross back to the studio, Brace describes how the pair had to run "about a block" away from police as they sought to clear protesters, as the camera panned across a line of officers armed with batons and riot shields.

She describes the police use of tear and rubber bullets, revealing that Myers was struck by one of the "non-lethal" projectiles.

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The Australian news crew were caught up in the protests. Photo / 7News
The Australian news crew were caught up in the protests. Photo / 7News

Then the video shows the line moving again as police rush forward to clear protesters.

"This is exactly what it looks like," says Brace as protesters scatter.

One officer advances on Myers appearing to punch him before the video goes silent and footage shows the pair retreating.

Protesters cleared from park ahead of Trump walk. Video / AP