President Trump says he’s putting an end to riots
President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Monday from the Rose Garden stating that he is taking immediate action to end riots and violence across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd.
Trump said he will mobilize all available federal resources to stop riots and even said he will deploy the military if states don’t send in the National Guard to control protests.
“I have recommended every governor deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers to dominate the streets,” the president said. “We are ending riots and lawlessness, we will end it today.”
The president said that it’s unfortunate that many peaceful protesters are having their message drowned out by those that only want to be violent.
“I will fight to protect you,” Trump said. “We cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob.”
In a powerful move following his speech, Trump walked out the front door of the White House across Lafayette Square, to St. John’s Episcopal Church which was damaged during protests on Sunday. It was a clear sign to the president’s critics that despite their claims that he was hiding from danger, he is not afraid to go into public.
Trump said he is dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers and military personnel to stop the rioting.
“I want organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties,” he said.
Earlier on Monday, the president held a phone call with U.S. governors to discuss the riots. Trump accused many of the governors of being weak in their response to the riots.
“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,” said Trump. “We’re doing it in Washington, D.C. We’re going to do something that people haven’t seen before.”
Trump said that if a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, that he will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.
Trump said justice would be served for George Floyd. He said he, along with many other Americans, were rightly sickened and revolted by video of the incident.
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