Trump denounces 'acts of domestic terrorism'

US President vows to mobilize “all available federal resources” to clamp down on the protests across the country.

Elad Benari ,

Trump delivers remarks at the Rose Garden, June 1, 2020
Trump delivers remarks at the Rose Garden, June 1, 2020

US President Donald Trump on Monday described the recent violent riots as “acts of domestic terrorism” and said he would mobilize “all available federal resources, civilian and military” to clamp down on the protests across the country.

Speaking at the Rose Garden, Trump declared himself "your president of law and order", stressing he was committed to upholding laws and mobilizing military resources to end nationwide looting.

"My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people," Trump said. "I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do."

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

“I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail," said Trump.

"We cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob," the President added. "The biggest victims of this rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities."

As Trump spoke, hundreds of people were gathered just outside of Lafayette Park across the street from the White House to protest the death of George Floyd for a fourth consecutive night.

Several loud bangs echoed just before Trump took the podium as law enforcement fired tear gas into a crowd of peaceful protesters.

Moments earlier, Attorney General William Barr was spotted reviewing the law enforcement set-up at the park.

Before Trump spoke, National Guard troops were deployed near the White House.

A city-wide curfew instituted by Washington D.C.’s Mayor, Muriel Bowser, was set to go into effect at 7:00 p.m. local time.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier on Monday that a curfew will be imposed on New York City as the protests and riots continue.

On Saturday, governors in several US states called in National Guard troops as the protests over police killings of black men intensified.