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Al Jazeera 2 Jun 2020

Can Trump order the US military to quell violence at protests?


The US president has resorted to threats of force as a way to control the unrest there.
US President Donald Trump on Monday suggested he would use federal troops to end the unrest that has erupted following the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, last week.
Previous presidents, however, have sought to balance military might with words of compassion and calm, and critics have argued that balance has been missing from this White House.

Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump speaks about the protests over the death of George Floyd from the White House, threatening to mobilize the US military to end the "riots and lawlessness."

President Donald Trump said he would mobilize "all available federal resources, civilian and military" to clamp down on protests across the country, declaring himself the "president of law and order" as police aggressively dispersed protesters gathered outside the White House.

Trump said he was dispatching the military across Washington, D.C., and urged governors nationwide to "dominate" their streets with National Guard deployments. If they refused, he said, he would send in troops to American cities.

"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 U.S. military and quickly solve the problem for them."

Trump said he was dispatching "thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting vandalism and the wanton destruction of property" in the nation's capital.

The comments offered a stunning split-screen to the strife that has engulfed the nation following the death of George Floyd. While Trump spoke in the Rose Garden, hundreds of people were gathered just outside of Lafayette Park across the street from the White House to protest for a fourth consecutive night.

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Amid racial unrest across the nation, President Donald Trump on Monday declared himself "the president of law and order" and threatened to deploy the U.S. military to American cities to quell a rise of violent protests. (June 1)
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