Trump threatens to deploy ‘heavily armed’ US military to crush George Floyd protests

Donald Trump vowed to end violent protests across the country, threatening to deploy “heavily armed” US military troops to cities even if mayors and governors object. The president spoke at the White House with the sound of police firing tear gas at protesters in Washington audible behind him.

“A number of state and local governments have failed to take necessary action to safeguard their residents,” Mr Trump said during an early evening Rose Garden statement with another protest over George Floyd’s death last week while in police custody in Minneapolis. Mr Floyd was a black man; the officer who kneeled on his neck was white. “I am mobilising all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans.”

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