Trump Calls Nation's Governors Weak After Hiding From Crowds In Bunker
According to AP News, President Trump called the nation’s governors “weak” on Monday, and demanded tougher crackdowns on protesters following another night of violent demonstrations across dozens of American cities over the death of George Floyd.
Trump spoke to governors during a teleconference with law enforcement and national security officials, telling them they “have to get much tougher.”
Several protests throughout the US turned more violent as buildings were burned down, and Trump urged governors to bring in the National Guard to control the mayhem.
“You’ve got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again,” said Trump. “We’re doing it in Washington, D.C. We’re going to do something that people haven’t seen before.”
- Attorney General Bill Barr told the governors that “a joint terrorist task force would be used to track the agitators and urged local officials to ‘dominate’ the streets and control, not react to crowds, and urged them to ‘go after troublemakers,’” AP News reported.
Trump was nowhere to be seen on Sunday and was not scheduled to appear in public on Monday either.
Secret Service agents escorted Trump to a White House bunker, which is meant for use in emergencies like terrorist attacks, “on Friday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the executive mansion,” wrote AP News.
Trump and his family have been “shaken by the size and venom of the crowds,” according to the Republican.
Trump continued to send “inflammatory tweets” and delivered “partisan attacks during a time of national crisis,” the report continued.
Trump also retweeted a message from Buck Sexton – a conservative commentator that encouraged authorities to respond with greater force – that said, “This isn’t going to stop until the good guys are willing to use overwhelming force against the bad guys.”
White House spokesman Judd Deere responded that “the White House does not comment on security protocols and decisions.”