In a collection of tweets on Saturday morning, President Trump threatened he would have used “vicious canines” on White House protestors and blamed Antifa and the “radical left” for the demonstrations across the nation.
Protests have erupted throughout the U.S. in main cities like Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta and extra after the loss of life of George Floyd whereas in police custody. Floyd died on Might 25 after a police officer apprehended him and knelt on his neck for a number of minutes, after Floyd repeatedly stated he couldn’t breathe. The officer was arrested and charged with third-degree homicide and manslaughter final week.
Protestors gathered outdoors the White House Friday evening, and Trump praised the Secret Service members for maintaining individuals contained in the constructing secure.
“Nice job final evening on the White House by the U.S. Secret Service. They weren’t solely completely skilled, however very cool. I used to be inside, watched each transfer, and couldn’t have felt extra secure,” Trump wrote.
He additionally appeared to name into query the legitimacy of the demonstrators, writing “protestors” in quotes in his tweet. Later on Saturday morning, he steered they had been a part of the Antifa motion, a gaggle of militant, anti-fascist activists, and the “radical left.”
Trump additionally stated that if the gang had gotten too shut to the White House, “vicious canines” and “ominous weapons” would have been used towards them.
“Massive crowd, professionally organized, however no person got here shut to breaching the fence. If that they had, they might have been greeted with probably the most vicious canines, and most ominous weapons, I’ve ever seen,” he wrote. “That’s when individuals would have been actually badly damage, at the least.”