Don­ald Trump Warns Ri­ot­ers U.S. Mil­i­tary Will be Used to Stop Them

Fiji Sun - - WORLD/ASIA/CHINA NEWS -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­clared him­self “your pres­i­dent of law and or­der” and warned the U.S. mil­i­tary would be de­ployed to stop ri­ots across the coun­try.

Mr Trump ad­dressed the nation from the Rose Gar­dens yes­ter­day as protesters out­side the White House gates were dis­persed with tear gas and flash bangs.

“May­ors and gov­er­nors must es­tab­lish an over­whelm­ing law en­force­ment pres­ence un­til the vi­o­lence has been quelled,” he said.

“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.” Mr Trump said he was “dis­patch­ing thou­sands and thou­sands of heav­ily-armed sol­diers, mil­i­tary per­son­nel, and law en­force­ment of­fi­cers” to stop the ri­ot­ing, loot­ing, van­dal­ism, as­saults, and destructio­n of property.

A 7pm cur­few was also strictly en­forced in Washington, DC. Mr Trump said jus­tice would be served for Ge­orge Floyd, the un­armed black man who died af­ter a white Po­lice of­fi­cer knelt on his neck as he was be­ing ar­rested, that has sparked the na­tional protests. And he said he was an “ally of all peace­ful protesters.”

“I swore an oath to up­hold the laws of our nation and that is ex­actly what I will do,” Mr Trump said.

“The big­gest vic­tims of the ri­ot­ing are peace-loving cit­i­zens in our poor­est com­mu­ni­ties and as their pres­i­dent I will fight to keep them safe.”

Amer­ica had “one beau­ti­ful law”, Mr Trump said, and he warned vi­o­lent and rule-break­ing protesters could face se­vere prison terms.

“These are not acts of peace­ful protests. These are acts of do­mes­tic ter­ror, the destructio­n of in­no­cent life and the spilling of in­no­cent blood is an of­fence to hu­man­ity and a crime against God.”

The pres­i­dent said law en­force­ment would “suc­ceed 100 per cent” in stop­ping the ri­ots.

“I want the or­gan­is­ers of this ter­ror to be on no­tice that you will face se­vere crim­i­nal penal­ties and lengthy sen­tences in jail. This in­cludes An­tifa and oth­ers who are lead­ing in­sti­ga­tors of this vi­o­lence.”

Mr Trump did not take any ques­tions from the me­dia. In­stead, in re­mark­able scenes, the pres­i­dent and his en­tourage left the White House precinct and walked nearby streets.

Flanked by Po­lice, Mr Trump car­ried a Bi­ble to St John’s church which had been dam­aged by fire in the ri­ots.

Af­ter a mo­ment of si­lence, Mr Trump said the US nation was “the best in the world” and he pledged to “keep it nice and safe”.

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump holds up a Bi­ble as he stands in front of St. John’s Epis­co­pal Church across from the White House.

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