George Floyd protests: Minnesota governor orders full mobilisation of national guard – live
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Before his departure to Florida, Trump added that the military would be ready to take to the streets of Minneapolis if necessary. “We have our military ready, willing and able if they ever want to call our military,” Trump said. “We can have troops on the ground very quickly.”
He again added the allegation that the left are behind the violence during protests at the killing of George Floyd. “Because these people, this Antifa, there’s a lot of radical left bad people, and they’ve got to be taught that you can’t do this,” he said. The president added that America should: “Honor the memory of George Floyd.”
Donald Trump has spoken to reporters before flying to Florida for the launch of the SpaceX mission. Once again, stoking up political divisions in the US, he blamed protests at the White House on Friday night on the left. He said he was grateful for members of the Secret Service who “handled the Antifa or the radical left incredibly”.
The Secret Service said in a statement that six people were arrested on Friday night during the protests. A number of officers were also injured. The statement added that local police were also present, which contradicts an earlier tweet from Trump, who said DC’s mayor had said local law enforcement would not help patrol the demonstrations.