President Donald Trump threatened to deploy United States military unless states halt violent protests. Trump said he was recommending that governors deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers to “dominate the streets. If governors fail to take action, Trump said he will deploy the United States military and “quickly solve the problem for them.”Trump in his Rose Garden remarks said he would mobilize the U.S. military to end “lawlessness” as police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters gathered outside the White House. Trump blamed anarchists and Antifa for fomenting unrest.
President Donald Trump delivered Rose Garden remarks Monday evening after deriding the nation’s governors as “weak” and demanding tougher crackdowns on burning and stealing in the aftermath of more violent protests in dozens of American cities. Just before Trump was scheduled to speak, policed fire tear gas and deployed flash bangs to disperse the protesters, who appeared to have been demonstrating peacefully. The days of protests were triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died when a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.