Trump tells mayors and governors ‘most of you are weak’ during teleconference ‘rant’ about unrest: ‘You have to dominate’
President Donald Trump scolded the nation’s mayors and governors for the unrest in the wake of several deaths of unarmed Black people by police and “wannabe police.”
Speaking on a conference call, Trump told the group, “the only time it’s successful is when you’re weak and most of you are weak.”
He went on to tell the group that they must start arresting people or protesters will “run over you.”
“You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you, you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate,” Trump said.
He reportedly went on to call them “fools.”
It prompted one governor’s aide to describe it as a “rant.”
He then issued a warning for what might happen in Washington, D.C.
“We’re doing it in Washington, DC. We’re going to do something that people haven’t seen before,” Trump vowed.
See the reports below:
JUST IN: President Trump unloads on the nation's governors on a call, calls on them to step up enforcement: "You ha… https://t.co/lpZgrl7smr— Ed O'Keefe (@Ed O'Keefe) 1591025436
NEW- In ongoing call with Governors- President Trump is scolding their response to the crisis. Trump blamed protes… https://t.co/y4cIPR3kKT— Ryan Nobles (@Ryan Nobles) 1591025495
More: President Trump just berated governors and mayors for how they are handling the protests, calling them "fools… https://t.co/8jwbK8YpNM— Robert Costa (@Robert Costa) 1591025609
Aides to governors say the president continues to talk. One describes it as a "rant." Says he keeps talking about t… https://t.co/IIxfQI2NU0— Robert Costa (@Robert Costa) 1591025828
MORE: "We're doing it in Washington, DC. We're going to do something that people haven't seen before," Trump vows i… https://t.co/kMequPVwfE— Steven Portnoy (@Steven Portnoy) 1591025904
@CBSNews On the call, Trump references Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Milley and Attorney General Bill Barr. "We wi… https://t.co/xOfVWVKxCm— Ed O'Keefe (@Ed O'Keefe) 1591026028
On his call with governors, Trump is now saying that the response in Minnesota was an “experiment.” “First part w… https://t.co/yIUpFT3U0f— Kevin Robillard 🇺🇸 (@Kevin Robillard 🇺🇸) 1591026463