WASHINGTON — 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.
Protests have erupted nationwide following the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck.