President Donald Trump promised Monday to restore order to an America plagued by a historic surge of anger, threatening to deploy the military if cities and states do not stop the violence.
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He first said that “justice must be done” after the death of this African-American, who died during his arrest by four police officers from Minneapolis.
But he quickly condemned the violence and tensions that have shaken several major cities in the United States for several days, denouncing acts of “internal terrorism”.
Scheduled at 6:30 p.m., the US president’s speech was delayed for long minutes as Washington police attempted to disperse the protesters gathered near the White House.
It was also possible to hear the sound of tear gas or the slogans of the demonstrators during his speech.
In response, the American president announced the deployment of “thousands of heavily armed soldiers” and police in the American capital, judging that the disturbances of the previous day in the federal capital were “a shame”.
Calling on the governors to take the necessary measures to “dominate the streets” and denouncing acts of “internal terrorism”, Trump promised to restore order in the United States.
The White House, seat of the American executive, was plunged into darkness on the night of Sunday to Monday amidst the protesters and the outbursts of fire.
Several hundred demonstrators were near the building before the president spoke, while a curfew was instituted for 7 p.m. in the American capital.
After his speech, the American president walked to Saint John Church, an emblematic building near the White House, which was degraded Sunday evening on the sidelines of a demonstration against racism.
“We have a great country,” he said, a Bible in hand.
“It is the largest country in the world. And we will guarantee his safety, “he added a little later, joined in front of the building by the Minister of Justice Bill Barr and the White House spokesperson, Kayleigh McEnany.