Trump tweets about possible military intervention in Minneapolis protests

Elizabeth Howe
May 29, 2020 - 11:02 am
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President Donald Trump tweeted military support for Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in response to protests over the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a black man, died in police custody after a video of a white police officer kneeling on a handcuffed Floyd's neck went viral. Since Floyd's death, protests and riots in Minneapolis escalated. Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard on Thursday. Now, Trump has pledged additional military support. 

"Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way," Trump tweeted shortly after midnight on Friday. "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts." 

Twitter added a warning to the president's tweet saying it "violated" its rules against "glorifying violence," continuing a multiple-day spat between the president and the social media platform. 

More than 500 Minnesota Guard troops were activated with the "key objective" of assisting with fire department response. Protestors in Minneapolis have set fire to several buildings including a police precinct station. 

Tensions between protestors and law enforcement continue to escalate. Early Friday morning, police arrested a CNN journalist and his camera crew, one of which is Army veteran Leonel Mendez. 

The correspondent and crew have since been released from custody. 

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