George Floyd protests: Donald Trump threatens to deploy military and declares himself 'president of law and order'

George Floyd protests: Donald Trump threatens to deploy military and declares himself 'president of law and order'

George Floyd protests: Donald Trump threatens to deploy military and declares himself 'president of law and order'Donald Trump threatened to mobilise the military across the United States, said he was deploying thousands of "heavily armed" soldiers in Washington, and declared himself the "president of law and order”. In extraordinary scenes, Mr Trump made the declaration in the White House Rose Garden as riot police used tear gas, rubber bullets, and horses to clear peaceful protesters outside. He then left the White House and walked, with some of his closest officials and Secret Service agents, through lingering tear gas, across Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Park. His destination was the boarded up St John's Church, which had been damaged by arsonists. Holding up a Bible in his right hand outside the church, Mr Trump said: "We have a great country. It'll be greater than ever before. I'm going to keep it nice and safe.” In his speech a few minutes earlier at the White House, Mr Trump said: "I am mobilising all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting.”