Trump warns of military action as protests against George Floyd's killing continue in MinnesotaArchive
United States President Donald Trump on Friday warned that he would "send in the National Guard and get the job done right" if protests in Minnesota were not curbed.
He was referring to ongoing demonstrations against the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after Minneapolis police arrested him on Monday on suspicion of using a counterfeit banknote. Police handcuffed him and held him to the ground, with a bystander video showing an officer pressing his knee on Floyd's neck.
The videos showed Floyd saying that he couldn't breathe until he went silent and limp. He was later declared dead.
In a two-part tweet, Trump blamed Minneapolis "very weak Radical Left" mayor, Jacob Frey, for failing to control the protests that had grown violent in some parts of the city. The US president further said that he had told Minnesota's Governor Tim Walz that the "military is with him all the way" and went on to warn that law enforcement will resort to shooting if violent protests did not stop.
"These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen," Trump tweeted. "Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!"