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Trump calls for National Guard and military to quash nationwide riots

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  • In a Rose Garden address, President Donald Trump issued an order to mobilize all military resources “effective immediately” to break up any riots stemming from protests over the death of George Floyd.
  • Trump threatened governors with military intervention if they do not take his “strong recommended” advice to deploy National Guard troops to “dominate the streets.”
  • The announcement was not framed as an executive order, but rather “the following measures are going into effect immediately.”
  • “Today I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets,” Trump said.
  • “Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States Military and quickly solve the problem for them.”
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President Donald Trump gave an ominous and curt address in the Rose Garden on Monday threatening military intervention in nationwide protests. 

Trump’s remarks were hastily announced around 6 p.m., with the president speaking about 45 minutes later.

“Today I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets,” Trump said.

“Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States Military and quickly solve the problem for them.”

Trump did not present the announcement as an executive order, but rather as “measures” that will go “into effect immediately.”

Tear gas explosions and the cries of protesters could be heard by reporters waiting for Trump in the Rose Garden.

Trump did not take any questions after his concluding remarks, only saying he would go “pay my respects to a very very special place” before leaving. 

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