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Trump Says He'll Deploy Military Unless States Halt Violent Protests in Rose Garden Speech

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Published on 02 Jun 2020 / In News & Politics

(June 1) President Donald Trump delivers remarks from the White House Rose Garden on Monday, June 1, amid ongoing unrest and violence as protesters in cities around the world rally against racial injustice and police brutality, triggered by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Earlier Monday, Trump demanded a crackdown on protests that have rocked cities across the country over the past three days, berating U.S. governors for their “weak” approach to violence and spurning calls for him to strike a more conciliatory tone.

“You have to dominate,” Trump said Monday in a video conference with governors and law enforcement. “If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you, you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”

Trump has seized on protests against police brutality toward people of color to portray himself as an icon of law and order eschewing the soothing role past presidents have adopted in similar moments as he seeks to turn the election-year conversation from his widely criticized handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

On the Monday call, Trump delivered his most strident message yet as cities across the country impose curfews and governors deploy the National Guard to try to head off another destructive evening. Many other peaceful protests also are underway mourning the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and demanding an end of police violence directed at African Americans and other minorities.

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