Trump threatens to deploy military to 'quickly solve the problem' as protests mount across U.S.
U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the United States military unless states quickly halted the violent protests that have convulsed cities from coast to coast, speaking in the White House Rose Garden as tear gas canisters could be heard exploding just a block away.
Last Updated Monday, June 1, 2020 8:51PM EDTSHAREWASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to deploy the United States military unless states quickly halted the violent protests that have convulsed cities from coast to coast, speaking in the White House Rose Garden as tear gas canisters could be heard exploding just a block away.
Trump said he was recommending that governors deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers to "dominate the streets." If governors fail to take action, the president said, he will mobilize "thousands and thousands" of U.S. soldiers and "quickly solve the problem for them."
"We have the greatest country in the world," the president declared. "We're going to keep it safe."Minutes before Trump began speaking, police and National Guard soldiers began aggressively forcing back hundreds of peaceful protesters who had gathered in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, where they were chanting against police brutality and the Minneapolis death of George Floyd.
Floyd died last week after he was pinned to the pavement by a police officer who put his knee on the handcuffed black man's neck until he stopped breathing. His death set off protests that spread from Minneapolis across America. His brother Terrence pleaded with protesters on Monday to remain peaceful.
The demonstrators in Lafayette Park were cleared so that after his brief statement, Trump could walk across the park to St. John's Episcopal Church, known as "The Church of the Presidents," which suffered fire damage in one of the protests. Holding a Bible, he then stood with several of his Cabinet members as the cameras clicked.
The moment was quickly decried by Trump's critics, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying the president "used the military to push out a peaceful protest so he could have a photo op at a church.""It's all just a reality TV show for this president," he said on Twitter. "Shameful."
The country has been beset by angry demonstrations for the past week in some of the most widespread racial unrest in the U.S. since the 1960s. Spurred largely by Floyd's death, protesters have taken to the streets to decry the killings of black people by police. The protests come at a time when the country is already buckling because of the coronavirus outbreak and the Depression-level unemployment it has caused.
On Monday, police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters who spilled onto an interstate highway in the heart of Philadelphia just before a 6 p.m. curfew took effect.While most of the demonstrations have been peaceful, others have descended into violence, leaving neighbourhoods in shambles, stores ransacked, windows broken and cars burned, despite curfews around the country and the deployment of thousands of National Guard members in at least 15 states.
Earlier Monday, Trump told the nation's governors in a video conference that they they "look like fools" for not deploying even more National Guard troops. "Most of you are weak," he said.He added: "You've got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you'll never see this stuff again."
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, dismissed Trump's comments as the "rantings of an insecure man trying to look strong after building his entire political career on racism."Former Vice-President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, vowed to address institutional racism in his first 100 days in office. He met in person with black leaders in Delaware and also held a virtual meeting with big-city mayors.
Biden said hate emerges "when you have somebody in power who breathes oxygen into the hate."In Minneapolis, Floyd's brother Terrence made an emotional plea for peace at the site where Floyd was arrested."Let's switch it up, y'all. Let's switch it up. Do this peacefully, please," Terrence Floyd said.
The crowd chanted, "What's his name? George Floyd!" and "One down, three to go!" in reference to the four officers involved in Floyd's arrest. Officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with murder, but protesters are demanding that his colleagues be prosecuted, too. All four were fired.
The gathering was part rally and part impromptu eulogy as Floyd urged people to stop the violence and use their power at the ballot box."If I'm not over here messing up my community, then what are you all doing?" he said. "You all are doing nothing. Because that's not going to bring my brother back at all."
Meanwhile, an autopsy commissioned for Floyd's family found that he died of asphyxiation from neck and back compression, the family's attorneys said.That distinguishes it from the official autopsy, which said he died from the effects of being restrained along with underlying health problems and potential intoxicants in his system. The official autopsy found nothing "to support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation."
The second autopsy was done by a doctor who also examined the body of Eric Garner, a New York man who died in an officer's chokehold six years ago.Authorities in many cities have blamed the violence on outside agitators, though have provided little evidence to back that up.
But on Monday, federal authorities arrested a 28-year-old Illinois man, Matthew Lee Rupert, saying he had posted self-recorded video on his Facebook page last week that showed him in Minneapolis handing out explosive devices and encouraging people to throw them at law enforcement officers. The video also showed him attempting to light a business on fire, and looting, according to an FBI affidivit. Early Sunday, he posted more videos of himself in and around Chicago, saying "let's start a riot."
He was arrested in Chicago for violating the city's curfew.At least 4,400 people nationwide have been arrested over the past week for such offences as stealing, blocking highways and breaking curfew, according to a count by The Associated Press.Police officers and National Guard soldiers enforcing a curfew in Louisville, Kentucky, killed a man early Monday when they returned fire after someone in a large group shot at them, police said. In Indianapolis, two people were reported dead in bursts of downtown violence over the weekend, adding to deaths recorded in Detroit and Minneapolis.
While police in places tried to ease tensions by kneeling or marching in solidarity with the demonstrators, officers around the country were accused of treating protesters with the same kind of heavy-handed tactics that contributed to the unrest in the first place.
Cities struggled to keep police in line.In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, an officer was suspended for pushing a kneeling woman to the ground during a protest. In Atlanta, two officers were fired after bashing in the window of a car and using a stun gun on the occupants. In Los Angeles, a police SUV accelerated into several protesters, knocking two people to the ground.
In New York, the police commissioner said about six incidents were being investigated by the department's internal affairs bureau, including a weekend confrontation in Brooklyn in which two police vehicles appeared to plow through a group of protesters. In another incident, an officer pointed a gun at protesters, drawing condemnation from the mayor.
------Sullivan and Morrison reported from Minneapolis. Associated Press journalists across the U.S. contributed to this report. Read more: CTV News »
🙋🏼🥴🤷🏻♀️ These are not protests. It is a communist insurrection. President has a right to get his country under control. The President also needs to see the three other officers charged. USA needs to stop because NO ONE has given the list of demands to STOP this violence, fires, looting, etc The military should refuse! Take a stand for the country! The GOP has and is useless!!!
The cowardly governors are responsible to send National Guard. The Governors want Trump to do it and be pilloried by hateful left media I've seen the videos and the protesters are violent thugs. Looks like they needed an excuse to steal, beat and burn down the place. It is making some black people look bad.
Now he will pit the armed forces against the civilian population. He is a true nutter. Trumps decisions have killed more Americans than the Vietnam war! realDonaldTrump As he should. The protesters are anarchists with the goal is destroying private property and causing chaos. He developed into a full blown dictator right in front of our eyes, poor Americans
It's no longer about GeorgeFloyd It's about racial injustice, dictatorship, and a President who is out of control. 1stAmendment Trump has to save the country There's only one type of leader that calls troops out on his own people Eints, twei, eints, twei, build ein empire! What a clown. A strong leader. Wish Canada had one.
Hopefully the troops put those people down Do it tomorrow Ummm does he even know how the order works to deploy military inside of United States ? He doesn't have authority. The order has to come from Congress to pass 😉😉👍 realDonaldTrump No he did not, WorstPresidentEver did not mention George Floyd once. In fact in his childish strut to and photo op at the church realDonaldTrump with bible in hand failed to say one prayer for George or the 1000s of COVID dead. A weak man pulling a re-election stunt
And these are the people you support ctv? The rioters across North America. Your a disgrace ctv!!!! LawandOrderPresident 👍🏻 It’s the right thing to do though Then resign Carrot top eat the rich and you sir are nothing but a low life you watch what these cops are doing and yet you all stand behind your desks behind a bunker instead of working with the public to see how and what it will take for this to end well sir remember 1812.🧐👀
Are there any protests in Ottawa in the next few days? Something has to be done! Wow, you framed what happened today incredibly poorly, burying the lede and misleading the reader. Well fucking done social media guy. Vietnam lesson forgotten. Oh wait he chucked out He wants to start a war with anyone China, Iran or his own countrymen.
God bless you Potus, look north , Canada is in a crisis with trudeaus nwo communism party socializing a once great nation . SOS Bunker Boy Except he can’t given the posse comitatus act This fucking guy think he rules, he’s a dictatorship power? ... PEOPLE OF AMERICA! Fight for your rights! Fight for the freedom your fathers and the fathers before you figure for!
🤦♂️ Does this guy have expert advisors in communication strategy? He probably fired them all before hiring a pair of bootlickers.. The erradication of racism could be so easily done. Racism is simply a form of generalizing people. All we need to do is to stop generalizing people. ☮️❤️ Trump is about to make the hard left terrorists cry.
Law and order must prevail. Thx god 4 Canada both leadership & people .. god bless 🇨🇦 And then he walked across the lawn without incident because finally there was order... you left that part out It’s like he’s the commander and chief or something Why are you framing it like he’s the crazy one here... Here is what it will look like in Washington Thanks realDonaldTrump you have a military that will Dominate it’s Citizens!!!!
BunkerBoy leadership He is an idiot America’s biggest clown Attitude reflects leadership. NotMyPresident BlackLivesMatter GeorgeFloyd riot racism Completely incompetent leadership. Fuking bafooon Good job 👏 Did you note the rioters drove over police officers you scum Send in the panzers Adolph ! The rationale behind the 2nd amendment could not be clearer
Why would he? This is exactly what he wanted. Shame On Him!! And Hitler’s reincarnation is finally here I thought the US military isn’t allowed to be deployed against its citizens. Can’t call the riots an insurrection, can you? Rioters! Excellent idea!! Go, Trump! Good. Hi is right At least America has a real leader.
Trump needs to bro g in the military, the inmates can’t run the prison and the job of a president is to bring order, so send in the hounds Trump is so sleezy he makes me sick. My heart goes out to the American people I hope you continue to protest peacefully, we all need the changes that come from peaceful demonstrations. I pray that you vote him out in November. 🇨🇦
Good Lord! An American President is threatening to turn the American military against American people? 😲 Trump's the man. He cannot sit idly by while the protests become more widespread and dangerous. violence Good It’s uncanny that the fakenews media in Canada , won’t mention the LAPD officer shot and killed by one of their peaceful protesters.
Go hide in the White House bunker again.. I don’t see a problem do u? Smart move the genuine legal protests can happen God bless POTUS , well done sir . Please help Canada , the UN has bought all msm here and pushing their socialist nwo, and liberal sheep are brainwashed into thinking its good. SOS Good for him. I have family down there and they were gathering arms to protect themselves in smaller towns and cities. Next up would have been disastrous .
Good The U.S. is getting scarier and scarier by the day! People trump did not say this ctv I'm uninstalling your app after this tweet people wake up it's the media trying to divide us by color media is so fake now that innocent people are dying cause of there lies media is pissed now cause nothing is burning down now
Will someone just kill him already. American edition of June 4th is coming. Now that is how a leader takes care of business. While Trudeau calls Canadians racists without proof Trump acknowledges a wrong doing. Trump takes steps to re-establish law and order without stripping rights from law-abiding citizens like Trudeau’s gun ban.
Trump is Lord. Good. Do it. Another simplistic & false solution from Trump! It's about time CTV there's a difference between peaceful protests and riots. Military should step in, people are clearly taking advantage of the situation. Really disgusted with CTV supporting violent protest, objecting to the rule of law. The world is upside down.
Peaceful protest is one thing, violence and destruction of private property is not protest. One is upheld by law and one is illegal... ?! Good get control of these P.O.S that are attacking people and destroying property and peoples lively hoods. Any leader that doesn't denounce this bullshit, is a piece of suit and doesn't deserve to lead a country!
Go on !!! And the problem is! Liberals love violence and unrest. They are lovers of chaos and anarchy. It's Trump vs. a bunch of spoiled whiny leftists. Guess who's gonna win..... You spelled rioters wrong. Most people support peaceful protest even when they don’t agree with the protesters. Unlike MSM most are intelligent enough to distinguish between legitimate c8ncerns and protest and violent riots and thugs.
American news TRUMP WILL DEAL WITH ALL THOSE AntifaTerrorist Anonymous DeepState Goons and THUGS. This was a PSYOP BillGates BILL GATES FAILED GEORGE SOROS FAILED NEXT; CELEBRITIES are GOING TO COME OUT AND TELL YOU WHAT TO DO..FAIL! THEN WHATS NEXT? WHAT HAPPENED TO COVID19 Are people really surprised? Trump is not the bad guy here...These people are literally burning cities down.
When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and waving a cross. PressTitutes, which protests Riots n looting, if state forces can't control, he's entiteld 2 deploy military forces to defend the coutry's order n citizens! LameStreamMedia does'nt like a democratic elected president use the power his constitution grants?Trudeau would hide!
Does that upset you CTV? Or are you enjoying business owners going broke and getting injured? (mostly minorities) Or are you enjoying innocent people being hospitalized by groups of far left white Antifa and black thugs? China is laughing....... HARD! 😆 🤣 😂 Bout time governors have had their chance and have just stood by and watched now watch antifa run🍿🍿🍿
Anyone remember Tiananmen Square HEIL Too bad there isn’t a military to take care of the problem in the White House. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to call The military to get rid of Trump.
Donald Trump Vows To Crack Down On Anti-Racist Protests In Surreal Rose Garden SpeechAs the president spoke, police deployed tear gas and flash-bangs against protesters outside the White House demanding justice for George Floyd .
Trump declares he's president of law, order amid protestsAmid racial unrest across the nation, U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday declared himself 'the president of law and order' and threatened to deploy the United States military to American cities to quell a rise of violent protests. 100% agree with realDonaldTrump ! No, he's starting a civil war invoking a 200 year old law What a leader!!
Lady Gaga calls Trump a ‘racist,’ pushes for ‘change’ in U.S. amid George Floyd protestsThe pop singer took to social media conveying a message of anger regarding the death of George Floyd while also condemning the U.S. president. regan failed bush sr, failed clinton failed bush jr failed obama failed trump failed USA FAILED a along time ago No one cares what celebrities have to say. Stop being fake Who approves this ass rag journalism ?
China tells Trump ‘don’t hide behind Secret Service,’ amid reports he retreated to bunker during protests‘Go to talk to the demonstrators seriously. Negotiate with them, just like you urged Beijing to talk to Hong Kong rioters’ China should mind their own business and stfu. Wow, that's some black belt level trolling. If they think Trump is bad, they should call out Trudeau, who has hid in his cottage for 2 months.
Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests ragedSecret Service agents rushed President Donald Trump to a White House bunker on Friday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the executive mansion, some of them throwing rocks and tugging at police barricades. Lil rooster hiding in the hen house
Trump sheltered in bunker Friday as George Floyd protesters gathered outside White HouseThe demonstrations in Washington turned violent and appeared to catch officers by surprise. They sparked one of the highest alerts on the White House complex since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. That’s okay. Marines and National Guard will be in soon. The politicians will never really be in that much danger. sensationalizingNothing Guaranteed realDonaldTrump is hiding tonight right YourAnonCentral ? Just goes to show you how much of a coward Trump is.