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Live Update: Trump deploys ‘heavily armed soldiers’

Trump says what happened last night in Washington DC was a “disgrace”.

The curfew tonight will be “strictly enforced”, he warns.

Any rulebreakers will be arrested, detained and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, he continues.

Organisers of the “terror” will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail, he says, mentioning Antifa.

“As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and the wanton destruction of property.”

Trump: ‘Acts of domestic terror’

“These are not acts of peaceful protest,” says Trump. “These are acts of domestic terror.”

The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offence to humanity and a crime against God.”

‘Our country always wins’

“Healing not hatred. Justice not chaos. This is our mission and we will succeed 100 percent. We will succeed. Our country always wins,” Trump continues.

“If malice or violence reigns then none of us are free,” he says, adding that America’s “best days lay ahead”.

His statement has now concluded. TV cameras have cut back to scenes of protesters clashing with police only hundreds of yard away.

Trump: ‘I am your president of law and order’

“All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd,” says Trump, promising “he will not have died in vain”.

But Trump says that Floyd’s memory must not be “drowned out by an angry mob”.

“I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protests,” he continues.

“But in recent days our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa and others.”

“A number of state and local governments have failed to take necessary action to safeguard their residents,” he adds.

Earlier today, Trump told governors during a phone call that they were “weak” and were being laughed at by the world because of their response to protests.

Trump: ‘We are ending the riots’

Trump says he will mobilie all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and wanton destruction of property and protect the rights of law-abiding Americans. 

He says: “We are ending the riots and lawlessness that have spread throughout the country.”

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