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Governors Push Back On Trump's Threat To Deploy Federal Troops To Quell Unrest

In a Rose Garden address and on a conference call with governors on Monday, the president threatened to send troops to states that didn't crack down sufficiently on demonstrations.
US President Trump leaves the White House on foot to go to St John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. Monday. Source: Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images

Updated at 10:33 a.m. ET

President Trump, in a conference call Monday with the nation's governors, threatened to deploy the U.S. military to restore order unless states hit by days of unrest "put down" violent demonstrations, urging leaders to "dominate" lawbreakers or risk looking like "a bunch of jerks."

The upbraiding from the White House didn't sit well with many governors, who have been busy responding to clashes between protesters and law enforcement in dozens of U.S. cities sparked by the death a week ago of George Floyd after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.

Trump took a tough line the White House was "strongly looking for arrests."

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