White House national security adviser Robert OBrien said President Donald Trump will not activate federal National Guard troops—for now—amid often violent protests across the United States following the death of George Floyd.
“Were not going to federalize the Guard at this time,” OBrien told reporters at the White House on Sunday morning. Governors and mayors should make decisions on law enforcement, he said.
OBrien, meanwhile, told ABC News on Sunday that Trump stands in solidarity with “the peaceful protesters who are out demanding answers and petitioning their government about what happened.”
Trump is seeking to deescalate the violence and riots in various cities over the past several days, he added.
“I want to make a big distinction between peaceful protesters, these great Americans, and thats the difference between our country and many of the authoritarian countries out there, when something like this happens, we investigate it. Our people protest. They petition their government for redress. And we stand with the protesters,” he said.
However, “violent ANTIFA radical militants” are coming across state lines and inciting violence “under cover of night,” he said, adding they are using military tactics to commit acts of arson.
“Theyre especially targeting the most venerable parts of our cities, George. The minority section, the African-American sections and Hispanic areas and burning down businesses of people that are trying to get a leg up … And were calling on the FBI to investigate ANTIFA and—and get to the bottom of these—these violent rioters. And I dont want them confused with peaceful protesters that have every right to go out to the streets,” he said.
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