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Police tear gas peaceful protesters during Trump speech

President Donald Trump has threatened to deploy the United States military unless states quickly halt the violent protests that have convulsed cities from coast to coast.

Trump spoke in the Rose Garden minutes after police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of peaceful, chanting protesters gathered in the park across the street from the White House.

The National Guard presence in Washington was much more overt Monday than the day before. Beige hummers blocked several downtown intersections.

The warning Monday came hours after George Floyd’s brother pleaded for peace in the streets.

The competing messages — one conciliatory, one bellicose — came as the U.S. braced for another round of violence at a time when the country is already buckling because of the coronavirus outbreak and the Depression-level unemployment it has caused.

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