İrem UZUN -TDO- President Donald Trump has threatened to send in the military to quell growing civil unrest in the U.S. over the death of Afro-American George Floyd in police custody, with or without the consent of local officials. He stated that if states and cities failed to quell the demonstrations, he is willing to deploy armed forces to ‘dominate’ the streets
Trump said in a national address from the White House’s Rose Garden “Today I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets.” He continued by stating “mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled”. Further, the president directly targeted the local governors by saying “if a city or state refuses to take the actions 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 stopped short of invoking the Insurrection Act, an archaic law from 1807 that would allow Trump to deploy active-duty U.S. troops to respond to protests in cities across the country. “At this time, the president has not enacted the Insurrection Act,” a senior Defense Department official told CNBC.
Following his remarks, Trump left the White House and walked through the square, and it appeared strongly as though the riot police had forcibly cleared the square for the sole purpose of clearing a path for the president. The unprovoked action cleared the way for Trump to cross the street and visit St John’s Church, which since 1816 has been the “Church of the Presidents”, and where a fire burned in the basement amid unrest on Sunday night. He held aloft a Bible and posed for cameras, and was then joined by the attorney general, William Barr, and other officials, including the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany.