There was something surreal about the press conference. A few minutes before the presidential speech, around 6:40 p.m. in Washington (12:40 a.m. in Paris), the American police pushed back many demonstrators who came to demand justice after the death last week of George Floyd. Since then, protest movements and clashes have multiplied on the streets of major American cities.
In a martial tone, Donald Trump gave his answer this Monday evening, with the noise of the helicopters in the background. The President of the United States has decided to invoke The Insurrection Act of 1807. This text allows to resort to the army on the American territory in order to put an end to the civil disturbances. Promising “law and order”, Donald Trump called on the national guard to “dominate the streets”. He put pressure on the governors, saying that if the governors fail to restore order by the means available to them, then the army will be deployed.
” Law and order “
The Washington case is judged separately. The American president maintains the curfew decided on Sunday by the mayor after another night of protest and confrontation. Above all, he promised criminal sanctions for those who do not respect him, promising “long prison terms” for these offenders. “Thousands and thousands of soldiers” and police will be deployed in the city to put an end to the riots. What happened on Sunday in Washington is “a shame”, he denounces.
Death of George Floyd: clashes break out near the White House
Donald Trump called acts of violence committed against the police “internal terrorism”. “I am your president, of law and order, and an ally of all peaceful demonstrators,” he said. But in recent days, our nation has been taken by professional anarchists, violent crowds, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa and others. “
Donald Trump had introduced his speech by returning to the death of George Floyd. He “will not be dead in vain, justice will be done,” he promised, transmitting his thoughts to the family of the deceased. At the same time, tear gas was heard in the streets.
After his speech, the American president left the White House, surrounded by dozens of bodyguards, to go to St John’s Church, the target of a fire attempt on Sunday evening, where he went to ” collect ”, a bible in hand.