Trump sends National Guard to intervene in Minneapolis
President Trump tweeted that the National Guard has arrived on the scene in Minneapolis, where violent riots and protests have broken out this week in the wake of George Floyd's death.
After violence escalated on Thursday night, President Trump vowed to take control of the city if officials cannot.
“Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way,” Trump tweeted late Thursday. “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
He also tweeted there was a “total lack of leadership” in Minneapolis. Protesters overnight set fire to a Minneapolis police precinct over the death of Floyd, who died Monday in police custody, marking the three days of violent protests in the Minnesota city that is also spreading across the state and country.