Donald Trump

President of the United States
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Trump is running for reelection after a surprising 2016 victory and a tumultuous first term that has been dominated by the Russia investigation and impeachment proceedings. The President’s approval rating is low but a strong economy could boost his chances at reelection.
University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1968
June 14, 1946
Melania Trump; divorced from Ivana Trump and Marla Maples
Donald Jr. (son of Ivana), Ivanka (daughter of Ivana), Eric (son of Ivana), Tiffany (daughter of Marla) and Barron (son of Melania)
President, Trump Organization, 1971-2017;
Host, NBC’s “The Apprentice,” 2004 - 2015
George Floyd protests spread nationwide
Updated 3:42 PM ET, Sat May 30, 2020
Protesters were seen blocking Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35) in Austin, Texas, on Saturday afternoon, according to a tweet from ATX, the city's transportation department.  IH-35 "is completely blocked in both directions between 6th & 8th" as protests continue, the tweet said.  "We need the community to avoid the area because the IH-35 is blocked," Austin Police said in a tweet.  Read the tweets from ATX and Austin Police: Rev. Al Sharpton, Gwen Carr – the mother of Eric Garner – and other community activists held a vigil for George Floyd at the Staten Island site of Garner’s death on Saturday afternoon. Garner was killed after being put in a chokehold by police in New York City in 2014. Sharpton, who is the founder and president of National Action Network, called for all four cops seen on video with Floyd to be charged and for Derek Chauvin to be charged with first-degree murder.  The group held a moment of silence for Eric Garner and George Floyd and later began marching down to the NYPD’s 121st precinct in north Staten Island. "When something like this happens you just combust, everything just comes out. But you know, we must stand vigilant, we must stand strong, and we must channel and harness our anger so we can get to where we're going," Carr said during the vigil. Funeral details for George Floyd were not mentioned. Religious and community leaders in Minnesota asked protesters to honor tonight's curfew during a news conference Saturday.  "Young people please, please stay at home tonight," said Clarence Castile, who's nephew, Philandro, was killed by police in 2016.  Alfred Babington-Johnson, the president of Stairstep Foundation, a local nonprofit said, "Don't let your good be evil spoken of, don't let it be distorted. Honor this curfew; that this may come to a conclusion." Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz invoked a curfew from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m. CT.   WATCH: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sent more than 1,500 officers to assist local police departments in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, the governor said in a statement Saturday.  "As Texans exercise their First Amendment rights, it is imperative that order is maintained and private property is protected,” Abbott said.  More resources will be provided as needed, the statement said.  “Texas and America mourn the senseless loss of George Floyd and the actions that led to his death are reprehensible and should be condemned in the strongest terms possible,” Abbott said. Six Oakland Police Department officers and seven civilians were injured in protests in downtown Oakland, California, on Friday, according to a statement from the Oakland Police Department (OPD).  OPD says 18 people were arrested by their agency while four others were arrested by outside agencies. Additionally, 60 looters were detained for further questioning and one citation was issued in Friday’s protests, the statement said. Gov. Tony Evers has activated the Wisconsin National Guard to support law enforcement in Milwaukee in their response to "agitators that have disrupted peaceful protests following the murder of George Floyd," a news release from his office said. At least 125 members of the Wisconsin National Guard have been activated immediately to respond to Milwaukee, according to the release. President Trump has called on “Liberal Governors and Mayors” to get “much tougher” in dealing with protesters “or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the unlimited power of our Military and many arrests.” “Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME!" Trump said on Twitter. Some context: Earlier Saturday, the governor of Minnesota said rough estimates indicate that only about 20% of protesters are Minnesotans and about 80% are from outside the region. Late Thursday night. Trump sent another tweet that indicated the use of force against protesters saying, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” On Friday, Trump claimed he was not inciting violence against protesters, but rather simply pointing out that when there are looters, people can get shot. WATCH PRESIDENT TRUMP: Attorney General William Barr said Saturday “the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by violent radical elements” during a statement he delivered at the Justice Department. “Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda,” he said. Barr said, without providing evidence, that in many places “it appears the violence is planned, organized, and driven by anarchic and left extremist groups, far left extremist groups using Antifa like tactics many of whom traveled from outside the state to promote the violence.”  Antifa is short for anti-fascists. The term is used to define a broad group of people whose political beliefs lean toward the left — often the far left — but do not conform with the Democratic Party platform. The group doesn't have an official leader or headquarters, although groups in certain states hold regular meetings. Saying it is the “responsibility of the local and state leadership” to halt the violence, Barr said various federal officials are supporting their efforts and “will continue to support them, and take all action necessary to enforce federal law." "In that regard, it is a federal crime to cross state lines or to use interstate facilities to incite or participate in violent rioting. And we will enforce those laws," Barr said. WATCH: Four Atlanta Police Department officers were injured, one civilian was shot and authorities responded to several fires and looting across the city as protests broke out on Friday night, Sgt. John Chafee told CNN in a statement Saturday morning. Protesters damaged property at a popular Atlanta mall north of the city, looting several stores and clashing with police, Chafee said. The College Football Hall of Fame also sustained damage and the gift shop was looted, he said. The Atlanta Police Department received multiple calls about shots being fired by people participating in protests both in downtown Atlanta and in northern Atlanta near Lenox Mall. At around 12 a.m. Saturday, officers got a call about a male who was shot in the area of Peachtree Street and Wall Street, Chafee said. This person was transported to Grady Hospital in stable condition and investigators are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Atlanta Fire Department spokesperson Cortez Stafford also said firefighters responded to several major incidents or fires throughout the night starting at 8 pm. The Columbus Ohio Police Department has declared an emergency in the downtown area “to manage protests near the statehouse,” the mayor of the city tweeted. “We are asking residents to avoid the area,” Mayor Andrew Ginther said. “Safety of everyone — protesters and police — is paramount. We’re calling for everyone to remain calm,” he added. Read Ginther's tweet: Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser said that President Trump’s comments on Twitter last night about protesters are “an attack on humanity, an attack on black America.” Bowser also called Trump’s remarks “gross” and called out his reference to “shooting and looting” and releasing “vicious dogs," she said in a news conference to address the protests in the capitol Friday night. "To make a reference to vicious dogs is no subtle reminder to African Americans of segregationists who let dogs out on women, children, and innocent people in the south," Bowser said. Trump’s comments over the last two days have been the “glorification of violence against American citizens,” Bowser said, and that “what used to be heard in dog whistles we now hear from a bull horn.” When discussing the protests Friday night, Bowser said “at no time was the chief of police concerned about losing control of protest activity in Washington, DC.”  DC Police Chief Peter Newsham said that protestors in DC last night exceeded 1,000 people. He detailed the trajectory of the main protest, and acknowledged that there were likely splinter groups off the main route. The Metro Police Department (MPD) made no arrests, had no reports of injuries and no reports of use of force. Newsham said that the MPD worked with US Secret Service and the Park Police under “unified command” last night during protests in Lafayette Park, where there were a few skirmishes with protesters. He also told reporters that MPD provided the Secret Service with some additional equipment that they did not have, including helmets. The leaders of the three law enforcement groups involved spoke last night, Newsham said, and that they were all “absolutely comfortable” with decisions that were made. Bowser said that the District is aware of a protest planned for today outside the Department of Justice and is prepared for any other protests in the city. The Park Police has requested assistance from the National Guard if crowd control is needed, Bowser noted. Some context: In a bizarre four-tweet thread, Trump thanked the Secret Service for their handling of protests in Lafayette Park Friday night.  The President tweeted that the protesters “would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen,” had they breached the fence at the White House. Trump also attacked Bowser, claiming she “wouldn’t let the D.C. Police get involved.” Roughly 108 people were arrested in Chicago after protests broke out in the city Friday night, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said at a news conference Saturday morning. One person was arrested after allegedly breaking an officer’s wrist and is facing aggravated battery charges, Brown said. He said demonstrations “began peaceful and ended a little bit more aggressive and intense." “Some in the crowd began confronting the police, so we had to take swift action so that the violence and property damage wouldn’t escalate,” Brown said, adding that property damage was minimal.  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II are calling on communities to provide a designated area for people to peacefully protest, according to a statement from Whitmer’s office. "The First Amendment right to protest has never been more important, and in this moment when we are still battling a killer virus, it is crucial that those who choose to demonstrate do so peacefully, and in a way that follows social distancing guidelines to protect public health," the statement said. Whitmer's administration is working with various agencies and community leaders to "designate areas for peaceful demonstrations where people can make their voices heard." "There will no doubt be more tough days ahead, but we must pull together and treat our fellow Michiganders with dignity, compassion, and humanity," the statement said. Violent protesters destroyed public libraries, public infrastructure and stopped delivery of "school meals to a hundreds of thousands of hungry children across the state at a time of Covid-19," Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Saturday.  "What we've seen over this week and that visceral pain – to watch George Floyd be murdered in front of the world made us dig deep," Walz said at a news conference with local faith leaders. "We must have justice. We, in Minnesota, must do everything we can to protect and lift that voice up," he added. WATCH: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said charging the former Minneapolis police officer who is seen on video putting his knee on George Floyd's neck with murder is just the beginning of the legal process. "It is a preliminary complaint. It's still going on," Ellison said during a news briefing on Saturday. "As a lawyer, I can tell you complaints are amended, charges could be increased, there could be some added, there could be other people who could be charged as well. We are in the beginning of this," he said. Ellison said there is probable cause to support this complaint and that the "wheels of justice are moving and now they're moving swiftly." Derek Chauvin has been charged with charged with murder and manslaughter following the death of Floyd. Documents show that his bail was set at $500,000. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said moving forward, communities need to create a safe place to come together to "demand change and justice in policing and in every other racist system that we have that has been part of the state." "But in this moment, we cannot. Because there are detractors. There are white supremacists. There are anarchists," Flanagan said at a news conference with the governor on Saturday afternoon. "We need to create the space for people to be able to grieve, to come together to mourn the loss of George Floyd, but in order to do that, we need to create the space to remove the people who are doing us harm," she added. Flanagan called on people to stay home "so that we can remove those folks who are detracting from the memory of George Floyd." She added that she wants to ensure justice is done and "ensure that the three additional officers are held accountable, but we cannot do that until community can gather safely." President Trump thanked the Secret Service for the job they did protecting the White House Friday night, calling the work, “so professional” and “incredible," while offering assistance to Minnesota as protests grip the state. Protesters gathered near the North Lawn fence of the White House on Friday, confronting officers and even pulling away fencing the officers were using as barriers. Trump, speaking about the situation in Minneapolis, said that “they have to get tougher” and that the military is “ready, willing and able” to assist if they call on them. “Look, they've got to be tough, they've got to be smart. We have our military ready, willing and able if they ever want to call our military. We could have troops on the ground very quickly if they ever want our military,” Trump said. “We can have our military there very quickly, they've got to be tough, they’ve got to be strong, they’ve got to be respected."  Military police units from Fort Riley in Kansas, Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have received prepare to deploy orders for military police if Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz asks for it, a defense official told CNN. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz characterized the protesters Friday night as people who "do not share our values." Walz, who held his third news briefing today, pleaded with people to stop destroying Minneapolis and St. Paul. "What we've seen on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul over the last 48 to 72 hours has nothing to do with what these people have done to build Minnesota. We have wanton destruction of black businesses and black infrastructure. We have destroyed landmarks of the nation's largest indigenous communities that ripped a hole in the soul of a people that have become oppressed from the minute we became a state," Walz said this afternoon. Walz reminded people that Minnesota residents "stand on the land of the people who created that, and the people who were on the streets last night burned it down." "They are not us. They do not share our values," Walz said. Between 400 to 500 people were arrested during Friday night’s protests in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson Josh Rubenstein told CNN. Exact numbers of arrests is still being compiled as is the number of injuries suffered by civilian and police, Rubenstein said.  Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for demonstrators to show their anger through "non-violent activism" in a statement addressing the protests in the city Friday night. “What we saw overnight was not a protest, and it was not Atlanta. We as a people are strongest when we use our voices to heal our city instead of using our hands to tear it down," the statement said. "We know our citizens are angry. We are angry and we want justice. If we are to enact change in this nation, I implore everyone to channel their anger and sorrow into something more meaningful and effective through non-violent activism," the mayor added. Bottoms said the Department of Public Works deployed crews Saturday morning to start cleaning up the streets and the Department of Transportation is working to remove graffiti from public buildings. Bottoms also said in the statement that the city is coordinating with neighboring jurisdictions "to provide additional public safety resources" and with the governor’s office to provide assistance from the National Guard. “Now, more than ever, I am calling on our communities to come together to show our strength as one Atlanta through prayer and working together to restore and heal our city as an example for the nation," Bottoms said in the statement. The US Secret Service have said that six people were arrested in Lafayette Park last night during demonstrations, a statement from the federal law enforcement agency said. Multiple Secret Service uniformed division officers and special agents sustained injuries after violence from some of the demonstrators, the statement said. Some more context: The statement also said that Metro Police and US Park police were on the scene, which contradicts an earlier tweet from President Trump. Trump criticized Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser saying, “On the bad side, the D.C. Mayor, @MurielBowser, who is always looking for money & help, wouldn’t let the D.C. Police get involved. “Not their job.” Nice!” As protestors took to the streets across the country expressing their anger over George Floyd’s death, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said “there is no easy prescription to heal our nation, or take away the pain people are experiencing.” Adams tweeted that “it’s a pain I too am experiencing…because I’m black." The US “must acknowledge & address the impact of racism on health," he said. “We won’t fix or remove all the obstacles and stressors that are affecting people’s health and wellbeing — especially ones like racism — over night. That doesn’t mean we mustn't try at all," Adams tweeted. Adams said he will continue to work with all “who share a commitment to health,” including both protesters and police officers. Read some of Adams' tweets: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the New York Attorney General will conduct an independent review of actions and procedures used during Friday night’s protests.  “Last night we saw disturbing violent clashes amidst protests right here in NYC, in Brooklyn” he said. "I’m asking Attorney General [Letitia] James to review the actions and the procedures that were used last night because the public deserves answers and they deserve accountability." Cuomo said he spoke to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and agreed on an independent review. James will take a “short period of time” to review last night and deliver a report to the public, Cuomo said. State legislators at the protests last night expressed a significant amount of concern about what actions were taken, he added. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the coronavirus crisis, which exposed inequalities in health care, and the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, are connected. "One looks like a public health system issue, Covid, but it's getting at the inequality in health care also on a deeper level. And then the George Floyd situation, which gets at the inequality and discrimination in the criminal justice system. They are connected," he said at his daily news briefing on Saturday. He said we need to stop looking at incidents of racial injustice as "individual incidents." "When you have one episode, two episodes maybe you can look at them as individual episodes. But when you have 10 episodes, 15 episodes, you are blind or in denial if you are still treating each one like a unique situation," Cuomo said. "How many times have we seen the same situation? Yes, the names change, but the color doesn't," he added. There were two Molotov cocktails thrown into two cars including a police van during protest in Brooklyn Friday night, a law enforcement official told CNN. One incident involved a person throwing a Molotov cocktail into a marked police van, the official said. A car drove up to the NYPD van, a suspect got out and then threw a bottle in the van, igniting fire. Police were able to arrest the suspects and recovered a gas can and two more incendiary devices in the car, according to the official. The other incident involved a woman walking up to a van holding a bottle with a rag in it, she lit it and threw it into the van but it did not catch fire, the official said.    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has called on the National Guard to help keep the peace in Louisville following days of unrest across the city, the governor said in a statement from his office. Protests have gripped the city following the death of Breonna Taylor, 26, a black EMT killed by the police on March 13. “The demonstrations in Louisville have all started peacefully, but what we have seen, especially last night, and what our intelligence says is going to happen are outside groups moving in, trying to create violence to harm everybody who is on those streets. We cannot let Breonna’s legacy be marred by violence, and we can’t let our streets turn violent,” Beshear said. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said rough estimates indicate that about 20% of protesters are Minnesotans and about 80% are from outside the region. "We understand that the catalyst for this was Minnesota" and its inability to deal with inequities, Walz said. "I'm not trying to deflect in any way," Walz said. Walz pleaded with Minnesotans to contact authorities if they know where rioters are staying or they have information about planned riots so warrants can be executed.   "They're trying to escalate the situation where deadly force is used and then chaos ensues," Walz said.  The New York City Police Department made more than 200 arrests in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd, according to a senior NYPD source. More than 40 NYPD vehicles sustained some level of vandalism and more than a dozen cops were seriously hurt, the source said.  Of those arrested, more than 40 people were from outside the city, including Long Island.  A vast majority of the arrestees were issued desk appearance tickets or summons and released, the source said.  An earlier on the record statement from NYPD said no Civilians or Officers were critically injured. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he expects more arrests tonight than any other night of protests so far. "What you've seen in previous nights I think will be dwarfed by what they will do tonight. If you are an innocent bystander going out there tonight, you will be swept up in this," Walz said at a news conference on Saturday. "What the curfew does is it gives us a legal authority to make arrests of people out there," he added. He called for the public to help officials identify those who are starting the violence. "What I would ask today is if you know where these people are sleeping today, let us know and we will execute warrants," Walz said. "Call that in, tell us who they were. They're not from Minneapolis, but they're staying down here." Major General Jon A. Jensen said the deployment of more than 700 National Guard members on Friday was the "largest law enforcement operation in Minnesota history," but "it was not enough." Jensen said they now have to have 2,500 personnel mobilized by 12 p.m. on Saturday – which is an increase from the 1,700 total personnel the National Guard said would be on the ground this morning in a tweet. "The governor just announced the full mobilization of the Minnesota National Guard for the first time since World War II. What does that mean? It means we're all in," Jensen said. Jensen said the state is also in the process of requesting "national level resources." He said he has had conversations with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Derek Chauvin is being held at the Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul, according to Bureau of Criminal Apprehension spokesperson Jill Oliveira.  When asked why Chauvin was not being held in Hennepin County, where the death of George Floyd occurred, Oliveira told CNN, "The BCA communicated with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, which was dealing with potential threats to their facilities at the time of the arrest, they directed us to book him into the Ramsey County jail." Chauvin has been charged with charged with murder and manslaughter following the death of Floyd. Documents show that his bail was set at $500,000. Col. Matt Langer said the demonstrations in St. Paul and Minneapolis over the last few days has forced the Minnesota State Patrol to mobilize personnel in a way unlike anything seen in more than 90 years in the state. "We have done something we've never done in the history of our organization since 1929 in terms of the mobilization of our state troopers across Minnesota that have come to the metro area to do what we can, to get back to what we believe in as an organization as the Minnesota State Patrol, that we respect integrity, courage, honor and excellence. That's who we are, and that's who we believe Minnesotans are too," Langer said. Langer emphasized that his staff's "job is to get out there, in the middle of the mission that we're confronted with right now, to stop the criminal behavior that we have been seeing and to prevent the criminal behavior that we regretfully anticipate we will see tonight and into the near future." Mayor Jacob Frey said the people who are coming to Minneapolis to protest are not residents and are "coming in largely from outside the city." "Our Minneapolis residents are scared and rightfully so. We've seen longterm institutional businesses overridden. We've seen community institutions set on fire. And I want to be very, very clear. The people that are doing this are not Minneapolis residents," he said at a news briefing on Saturday. He said the protests earlier this week that were mostly peaceful and were largely attended by those who lived in the city, but "the dynamic has changed." "Gradually that shift was made and we saw more and more people coming from outside of the city. We saw more and more people looking to cause violence in our communities, and I have to say, it is not acceptable," Frey said. "This is no longer about verbal expression. This is about violence and we need to make sure that it stops," he added. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said everyone who was arrested in his city last night was from outside the state. "What we are seeing right now is a group of people who are not from here," he said. There were roughly 20 arrests made in St. Paul last night, mostly for burglary, and roughly the same number of arrests in Minneapolis for curfew violations and destruction of property, said John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey rebuked the demonstrations last night in his city and called for the destruction and violence to stop. "This is no longer about verbal expression. This is about violence and we need to make sure that it stops. We're in the middle of a pandemic right now. We have two crises that are sandwiched on top of one another. In order to make sure that we continue to have the necessary community institutions, we need to make sure that our businesses are protected, that they are safe, and that they are secure," Frey said at a news conference this morning. The Chicago Police Department said there were multiple arrests, reports of injured Chicago Police officers, property damage and damage to city vehicles in protests that broke out in downtown Chicago Friday night. “We do not have specifics on numbers or the circumstances surrounding the injured officers and damage to property,” a spokesperson told CNN. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said "the situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd" at a news briefing on Saturday morning. "It is about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities," he added. He said violent protests Friday night were a "mockery of pretending this is about George Floyd's death or inequities or historical traumas to our communities of color." "Because our communities of color and our indigenous communities were out front fighting hand in hand to save businesses that took decades to build. Infrastructure and nonprofits that have served a struggling community were torn down and burned by people with no regard for what went into that," Walz continued Law enforcement officers faced improvised explosive devices and a "highly evolved and tightly controlled group of folks bent on adapting their tactics to make it as difficult as possible to maintain that order" last night in Minneapolis as protesters blanketed the city, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said at a news conference late this morning. "I think what's really important to recognize is the tactics and the approach that we have taken have evolved and need to evolve the same way. With a sensitivity to the legitimate rage and anger that came after what the world witnessed in the murder of George Floyd, and was manifested in a very healthy gathering of community to memorialize that on Tuesday night. Was still present to a certain degree on Wednesday. By Thursday, it was nearly gone, and last night is a mockery of pretending this is about George Floyd's death or inequities or historical traumas to our communities of color," Walz said. Earlier Saturday morning: Walz held another news conference early this morning in response to the unrest across the city, after a number of protesters ignored an 8 p.m. curfew set by the state government. “This is the largest civilian deployment in Minnesota history that we have out there today,” Walz said then. "This is an operation that has never been done in Minnesota." The Minnesota National Guard is activating more than 1,000 additional personnel today, the group announced in a tweet Saturday morning. This is addition to the 700 citizen soldiers and airmen who were on duty last night, according to the tweet. "This represents the largest domestic deployment in the Minnesota's National Guard's 164-year history," the tweet said. Read the tweet: In a Saturday morning tweet, President Trump said the protests in Lafayette Park in front of the White House on Friday had “little to do with the memory of George Floyd,” again providing no evidence to back up that claim, adding that demonstrators, “were just there to cause trouble.” Trump alleged, without evidence, that protesters were, “professionally managed.” There is no indication that they were.  “Tonight, I understand, is MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE???,” he wrote, without explaining what he meant by that. CNN has reached out to the White House for clarity. Read Trump's tweet: In a bizarre four-tweet thread, President Trump thanked the Secret Service for their handling of protests in Lafayette Park Friday night.  The President tweeted that the protesters “would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen,” had they breached the fence at the White House. Trump also attacked DC mayor Muriel Bowser, claiming she “wouldn’t let the D.C. Police get involved.” DC Police were on scene last night, in addition to several other agencies. Read Trump's tweets: A group of protestors gathered in front of the White House overnight following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police.  For more than five hours overnight, protestors confronted Secret Service officers at barriers in front of the White House. At times, the crowd removed the metal barriers and began pushing up against the riot shields and the Secret Service officers. The protestors pushed hard enough that some officers walked away with minor injuries.  At least one time, the agents responded to aggressive pushing and yelling by spraying pepper spray at the protestors.  Throughout the night protestors could be heard chanting their support for Floyd and their dislike of President Trump. At one point, a different camera crew was chased off by the protestors who could be seen trying to grab their equipment.  In addition to pushing and yelling, protestors could be seen throwing water bottles and other objects toward the line of officers. Those officers were continually bringing in new metal barriers throughout the night as protestors wrestled them away and tried to break through.  The protest began about 10 p.m. Friday night and the scene mostly quieted down by 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The crowd thinned out and Secret Service Officers were able to expand their perimeter and barriers around Lafayette Park across from the White House. This was the second time that protestors gathered outside of the White House during the evening and early morning hours. Here's what happened before that: Protestors began gathering in Washington, DC, around 7 p.m. and the White House was initially locked down as the protestors began to move toward that location. At 8 p.m. the Secret Service tweeted, “Secret Service personnel are currently assisting other law enforcement agencies during a demonstration in Lafayette Park. In the interest of public safety we encourage all to remain peaceful.” The lockdown was lifted just before 8:30 p.m. as protestors marched to different parts of the city, before returning to the White House later in the evening and into the early morning.  Friday evening the Secret Service said it was “currently assisting other law enforcement agencies during a demonstration in Lafayette Park.” A later request for comment about the overnight confrontations has not been answered. CNN also has an inquiry into the DC police department. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has declared a state of emergency in light of the unrest in the city and an overnight curfew has been put into place, according to the mayor’s office. The curfew is effective until 6 a.m. PT Saturday and resumes Saturday evening until Sunday morning, according to a tweet from Wheeler. Wheeler urged his city's residents early Saturday to halt the unrest over George Floyd's death. “Burning buildings with people inside, stealing from small and large businesses, threatening and harassing reporters," he tweeted. "All in the middle of a pandemic where people have already lost everything. This isn’t calling for meaningful change in our communities, this is disgusting.” Wheeler earlier tweeted that he was coming back to the city after being out of town because his mother was dying. “ENOUGH. I had to leave Portland today because my mother is dying. I am with family to prepare for her final moments. This is hard, this is personal, but so is watching my city get destroyed. I’m coming back NOW. You will be hearing from me, @PortlandPolice, community leaders,” Wheeler said. “Portland, this is NOT us. When you destroy our city, you are destroying our community. When you act in violence against each other, you are hurting all of us. How does this honor the legacy of George Floyd? Protest, speak truth, but don’t tear your city apart in the process." Read Wheeler's tweet: Following a night of fires and outrage over the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has called for calm. “Minnesotans are asking for and deserve confidence that we can respond to this crisis, and we will,” Walz tweeted Saturday morning. Walz said the state is continuing to coordinate efforts at the state and local level to deal with protests that have broken out throughout Minnesota and in cities all across the US. The governor ended his tweet with a plea: “I urge for peace at this time.” Protesters who gathered in cities across the United States told CNN of their frustration over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. "There needs to be change, officers need to be trained better," one protester who was arrested in Atlanta told CNN's Nick Valencia as he was being detained by police. A lack of change and police reform are just some of the reasons people are enraged. Chelsea Peterson, in Portland, Oregon, told CNN she demonstrated Friday night to "show my solidarity with my black brothers and sisters" as they face injustice. "I protested for black men who are disproportionately arrested and convicted for crimes compared to their white counterparts. And I protested for black children that are shot over bags of Skittles," she said. Peterson said it was "not enough to simply share a post or use a hashtag" to insist that black lives matter. "It was important for me as a white person to actually show up because it is our responsibility to dismantle the systems of oppression that we have created." In Minneapolis, Alicia Smith, a community organizer, told CNN: "There are no words in the English language that will convey the despair that I felt watching that man's life leave his body and him scream out for his mother. I heard my son saying, 'Mama, save me.' "My kids are little boys, and my son asked me, 'Am I going to live to be a grown-up?'" Smith said. "I've got to ruin his innocence and tell him how to exist as a young black boy in this country." Another protester, Craig Maxwell, in Charlotte, North Carolina, told CNN he turned out to demonstrate because he felt the need to step up his advocacy. "I’ve been talking to several of my black friends the last day or two and hearing what they’re going through," he said. "A lot of introspection and recognizing that I don’t put my money where my mouth is enough. "Basically, I was there because they were there, if that makes sense." Mackenzie Slagle, in Oakland, California, said it was time for police brutality to stop. "I don’t agree with breaking into all of the businesses, but I can understand the outrage after repeated incidents. We’ve peacefully protested all of those. It wasn’t until Minneapolis got violent they finally arrested a police officer. "This is truly history in the fact that there’s actual action being taken against police brutality. I couldn’t stay silent and watch this happen again. I’m hoping this time our nation can see the severity of this climate." Protesters took to the streets across the US on Friday night into early Saturday morning to express their concern and anger over the death of George Floyd while in police custody.  Some of the protests have been peaceful while others turned destructive. Here are the cities where people gathered: California: Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco  Colorado: Denver   Georgia: Atlanta Illinois: Chicago Iowa: Des Moines Indiana: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne  Kentucky: Louisville (Related to the death of Breonna Taylor), Bowling Green Louisiana: New Orleans Nebraska: Lincoln New York: New York City  Massachusetts: Boston Michigan: Detroit Minnesota: Minneapolis Missouri: Kansas City Nevada: Las Vegas North Carolina: Charlotte  Ohio: Columbus, Cincinnati, Canton Oregon: Portland Texas: Dallas, Houston Virginia: Richmond Washington: Seattle Wisconsin: Milwaukee Washington, DC The New York City Police Department told CNN that its officers arrested “dozens” during the protests that took place across the city.  “Most of the incidents/damage/arrests took place between Manhattan and Brooklyn,” the NYPD said, adding that the protests have now subsided.  More specific details will be released by police later today. Two Federal Protective Service officers suffered gunshot wounds amid protests Friday night in Oakland, California, police said. One of the officers died from his injury. At least 7,500 protesters took to the streets of the city to demonstrate over the death of George Floyd, the Oakland Police Department told CNN. Protesters caused damage across the city. There were reports of vandalism, theft of businesses, fires set and assaults on police officers, according to the police statement. While arrests were made, police were unable to provide specifics.  “Two Federal Protective Services officers stationed at the Oakland Down Town Federal Building suffered gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, one succumbed to his injury,” the police department said.  Police are investigating. The Federal Protective Service, which falls under the Department of Homeland Security, provides security and law enforcement services at US government facilities. Protests over the death of George Floyd continued early Saturday morning in Lincoln, Nebraska, according to the police.  “The gathering at 25th and O is no longer a peaceful protest. Arrests have been made and will continue to be made for those who continue to break the law. Neighbors in the area please shelter in place,” the Lincoln Police Department tweeted.  Protesters have left behind a trail of destruction in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, police said.  “Property throughout the downtown Phoenix area has been vandalized as some demonstrators engage in criminal behavior, breaking windows and doors to municipal and private business and destroy cars parked along the street,” Phoenix Police Department tweeted. Phoenix is one of more than 20 cities across the US which saw protests on Friday night in the wake of George Floyd's death. “An Unlawful Assembly has been declared in the area around 6th Ave & Washington where demonstrators have been gathering," Phoenix Police Department tweeted. "Due to criminal activity and a current danger to our community, people must leave the area including sidewalks, private property or roadways.” Nearly 200 people have been arrested in Houston, Texas, after protests Friday night. Most will be charged with obstructing a roadway, according to a tweet from the Houston Police Department. The department also said four of its officers sustained minor injuries and eight police vehicles were damaged. Houston Police Officer's Union President Joe Gamaldi earlier said officers had been hospitalized but did not say how many. "Our officers who were attacked are in the hospital, patrol cars ruined, businesses damaged," Gamaldi said in a tweet. "This is not who we are as a City and as a community. We will protect your right to protest, but we will not allow our city to decay into chaos." About 50 people have been arrested as protests continue across Minneapolis. More than 2,500 officers are helping to keep the peace, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told a news conference. This is one of the largest civil police forces the state of Minnesota has ever seen, he said. But resources are still stretched thin, with thousands of protesters estimated to have turned out across the city.  “We recognized that we simply did not, even with the numbers that I’m talking about, have enough officers and personnel to meet all of those missions safely and successfully. We picked missions based on our capacity,” Harrington said. Officers focused their efforts on downtown and the 5th Precinct area, he said. A request has been made to substantially increase the number of National Guard officers available to bolster the city's response, Harrington said.  Major General Jon Jensen, of the Minnesota National Guard, said he believed there could be more than 1,700 National Guard soldiers in the area by Sunday. This would be the largest deployment in the state of Minnesota’s history. “At the conclusion of tomorrow, I believe that we will have over 1,700 soldiers in support of the Department of Public Safety in the city of Minneapolis and the city of Saint Paul,” Jensen said.   Jensen noted that people may have heard that President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon to put units of the United States Army on alert for a possible operation in Minneapolis.  “While we were not consulted with as it relates to that, I do believe is a prudent move to provide other options available for the governor, if the governor elects to use those resources,” Jensen said.  In a statement on Twitter, Portland Police declared a riot is taking place in the city and ordered crowds to go home. "Disperse now or you will be subject to gas, projectiles, and other means necessary for dispersal," police said early on Saturday morning. Portland is one of more than 20 cities across the US which saw protests on Friday night in the wake of George Floyd's death. Earlier Portland police said that there had been "significant vandalism" in the city related to the protests, as well as a shooting, although they didn't provide any additional details. "This event has been declared an unlawful assembly. If you do not go home now, force will be used to disperse you," Portland police said on their official Twitter. According to police, Portland's Justice Center had been attacked by protesters and set on fire. Watch: A 19-year-old man was killed after shots were fired into a crowd of protesters in Detroit late Friday, the city's police department said in a statement. Police said the shots were fired by an unknown suspect in a gray Dodge Durango, with the victim later dying in hospital. Detroit police cannot confirm if the victim was part of the protests, but the shooting happened downtown where the protests were taking place.   Earlier, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said a person had been arrested after trying to run an officer over. “I will not stand by and let a small minority, criminals, come in here, attack our officers and make our community unsafe. Just know, we are not going to tolerate it,” Craig said. The situation in Minneapolis remains "incredibly dangerous" as protests continue in the city, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said in a press conference early Saturday. Multiple law enforcement authorities are responding to the unrest across the city, after a number of protesters ignored an 8 p.m. curfew set by the state government. “This is the largest civilian deployment in Minnesota history that we have out there today,” Walz said.  The governor said officials cannot arrest people while they are trying to hold ground. “This is an operation that has never been done in Minnesota,” Walz added.  Watch: Bricks, graffiti and shattered glass have been left behind by protesters who demonstrated outside CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday night. It was the site of a tense standoff between police and protesters, who threw projectiles and even a firework at law enforcement officials. "This scene was chaotic. We saw at least two officers injured in clashes with demonstrators," said CNN's Nick Valencia, who was on the ground. Watch: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has told of his sorrow over "needless, senseless and destructive" scenes as protests continue in the Colorado capital. “Once again, the violent actions of a few are drowning out legitimate calls for justice. Twice today, we had peaceful, successful demonstration where people expressed their outrage over the death of #GeorgeFloyd," Hancock said. "We saw them, we heard them, and they respected their cause. Unfortunately, another element with selfish motives and reckless intentions infiltrated tonight’s demonstration and incited violence with homemade explosives, rocks, bottles, graffiti and vandalism. "This is not who we are, and calmer heads must prevail. Our police officers have a sworn duty to maintain everyone’s safety – and they will. People are crying out to be heard, but this violent distraction only divides us." Police have deployed pepper balls in the city's downtown area due to "civil disobedience," authorities said. There have been no reports on the number of arrests or damage in Denver so far. Minneapolis law enforcement officers have arrested a number of people who ignored dispersal orders in the area around the city's 5th precinct, according to the state's Department of Public Safety. "Leave the Fifth Precinct area now so the troopers and officers on the ground can clear the area and enforce the curfew. 350 troopers and officers are in the area," the department said in a tweet. It comes as protesters ignored an 8 p.m. curfew imposed by the city. CNN's Sara Sidner said tear gas and rubber bullets have been used by police to try to disperse the crowd. Hundreds of police have been advancing street by street toward the protesters, who have been creating barricades while chanting, "I can't breathe." "We have heard people here say, 'Look, we are not going to stop fighting about this right now,' because they don't feel that they've ever been heard enough and now they've just unleashed all emotions," Sidner said from Minneapolis. Watch: The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says shots have been fired at law enforcement officers near the 5th precinct in Minneapolis. In a Twitter post, the department said no troopers or officers were injured. “Leave the area or you will be arrested,” the tweet said. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has called for demonstrations in the city to remain peaceful, saying he supported protesters' "calls for justice" over the death of George Floyd. In a Twitter post, Johnson added that some people with “other agendas” had destroyed property. “I understand the outrage, and I feel this pain deeply,” Johnson said. “What happened in Minneapolis is unacceptable. But please, remain peaceful.” The Minneapolis Department of Public Safety said on its official Twitter account that 350 troopers are near the city's 5th precinct to clear the area and enforce curfew. It comes after a number of protesters earlier ignored calls from police and state officials to return to their homes after an 8 p.m. curfew was established for the weekend in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called for residents to obey the curfew. "I urge residents to comply with 8pm curfew and go home immediately. Law enforcement needs to respond to emergencies, restore order, and keep Minnesotans safe," Walz said in a tweet. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has declared an unlawful assembly in the downtown area of the city, with officials telling CNN that protesters will be arrested if they disobey the order and stay there. "We have declared an unlawful assembly throughout Downtown LA. From the 10 freeway to the 101 & the 110 freeway to Alameda. This is being made following repeated acts of violence & property damage. Residents should stay inside. Business should close. Those on the street are to leave the area," LAPD said in a statement. The LAPD said two officers were injured in protests Friday night. "There was one officer that got hurt at 7:32 this evening and was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. Also, at 8:39, an officer needed help after he was hit with a bottle at Seventh St. and Hope St. and was also transported to the hospital. I don't have their conditions because the situation is still quite fluid," the LAPD said in a statement. Bail for ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been set at $500,000, according to the criminal complaint filed in the 4th Judicial District Court of Minnesota. According to the document, there have been no conditions set for his release. The document doesn't indicate that Chauvin is out on bail, but it does say that if he does bond out, bail is set for $500,000. The order of detention box is not checked because Chauvin was not ordered detained or remanded. The entrance to the Dallas Police Department headquarters has been blocked by dozens of cruisers and officers, as protesters march to the downtown building.  A line of officers is keeping people away. A tweet from Dallas Police says one officer received non-life threatening injuries in the response to Friday night protests over the death of George Floyd.    Chief Renee Hall told KTVT that some protesters threw bricks at officers. “We are an organization that upholds peaceful protests, but we will not be the target,” Hall said. As many as 500 National Guard troops have been activated to protect people and property in Atlanta, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced late Friday. Kemp said he is also issuing a state of emergency for Fulton County due to protests in the state capital. "At the request of Mayor @KeishaBottoms & in consultation with public safety & emergency preparedness officials, I have issued a State of Emergency for Fulton County to activate as many as 500 @GeorgiaGuard troops to protect people & property in Atlanta," Kemp's Twitter post said. "They will deploy immediately to assist (local law enforcement) who are working tirelessly to subdue unlawful activity & restore peace. We will continue to make all state resources available to local leaders during this emergency situation." Bernice King, daughter of civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., said that violence is not a solution, during a news conference by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. "We can't keep doing things like we've been doing it in this nation, we've got to deal with systemic racism and white supremacy once and for all," King said. "But the only pathway I know to do this is through non-violent means. It is a proven method." She added, "The end goal is we want change, and want it now. But change never comes through violence. It is not a solution." Watch: In addition to the unrest in downtown Atlanta, protesters have made their way north to Lenox Square Mall, in the Buckhead community.  Lenox is regarded as one of the premier shopping destinations in the US Southeast, featuring brands like Prada, Louis Vuitton and Cartier. Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos told CNN it “sounds like there is some vandalism and looting.”  Officers are also investigating possible looting at a Buckhead Target store. Louisville Metro Police (LMPD) has apologized to CNN affiliate WAVE’s reporter Kaitlin Rust, who was directly fired upon by an officer with a pepper ball launcher while live on air on Friday night.  LMPD special advisor Jessie Halladay said she had reviewed the video and the incident was not something that should have occurred if Rust was singled out as a reporter.  According to Halladay, authorities were unable to confirm that the officer seen in the video is a LMPD officer, but said he could be a member of its special response team. Halladay said the department would review the video again once the protests end and investigate if disciplinary action is necessary. The LMPD has no intention of targeting media covering the incident, Halladay added.  A number of protesters have been arrested after taking over portions of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip in Nevada on Friday night.  “As the night went on, many more people joined the protest and some of those protests became more violent, and some of those protesters started breaking the laws," Las Vegas police Capt. Dori Koren said in a briefing with CNN affiliate KTNV. Koren didn't reveal how many people had been arrested. “We are fully aware of how delicate and problematic this situation is nationally," Koren added.  An attorney for Kellie Chauvin, the wife of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, has filed for a dissolution of marriage, according to a statement from the Sekula Family Law office. Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. “This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin,” the statement said. “While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time.” Protesters took to the streets across America over the death of George Floyd on Friday night.  Some of the protests have been peaceful, while others have been destructive. Here are the cities where protesters gathered: California: Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco  Colorado: Denver   Georgia: Atlanta Illinois: Chicago Iowa: Des Moines Indiana: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne  Kentucky: Louisville (Related to the death of Breonna Taylor) Louisiana: New Orleans New York: New York City  Massachusetts: Boston Michigan: Detroit Minnesota: Minneapolis Nevada: Las Vegas North Carolina: Charlotte  Ohio: Columbus, Cincinnati  Texas: Dallas, Houston Virginia: Richmond Washington, DC In an emotional speech, rapper Killer Mike addressed George Floyd protesters directly at Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' news conference tonight. "I am the son of an Atlanta police officer," said the rapper, whose real name is Michael Render.  "And I got a lot of love and respect for police officers, down to the original eight police officers in Atlanta."  Crying on camera, he continued: "I watched a white police officer assassinate a black man. And I know that tore your heart out."  "I woke up wanting to see the world burn down yesterday because I am tired of seeing black men die," he said. "We don't want to see Targets burning. We want to see the system that sets up for systemic racism burned to the ground." He added, "I am duty-bound to be here to simply say that it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house in times of organization."  He concluded by thanking Mayor Lance Bottoms, saying he appreciated her telling the protesters to go home.  Watch: On Monday evening, police in Minneapolis were called about someone trying to pass a counterfeit bill at Cup Foods, a neighborhood grocery store. Officers responding to an alleged forgery in progress were initially told that a person later described as the suspect was sitting on a car and appeared to be under the influence, police said. A pair of officers located the man, George Floyd, who was at that point inside the car and who police said "physically resisted" the officers when ordered to get out. Officers handcuffed Floyd, who "appeared to be suffering medical distress," according to police. The events that happened next sparked outrage and protests across the country: A video circulated on social media shows two officers and Floyd on the ground –– one of them with his knee on Floyd's neck. The video did not capture what led up to the arrest or what police described as the man resisting arrest. "Please, I can't breathe," Floyd said, screaming for several minutes before he became silent. Bystanders urged the officer to release the man from his hold. After several minutes of pleading with the officer, Floyd appeared motionless, his eyes shut, his head against the pavement. He died at a hospital a short time later, police said. Mayor Jacob Frey has said the technique used to pin Floyd's head to the ground was against department regulations. "The technique that was used is not permitted; is not a technique that our officers get trained in on," Frey said. "And our chief has been very clear on that piece. There is no reason to apply that kind of pressure with a knee to someone's neck." "We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him into the police car and get off his neck," said Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing Floyd's family. "This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violent charge." New video: A second video taken on the opposite side of the street appears to show three officers kneeling on Floyd. Watch that video here. What happened next: All four of the officers were fired on Tuesday. On Friday, the former officer who had his knee on Floyd's neck, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. None of the other officers have been charged yet, the Hennepin County Attorney's office said. The fired Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd's neck, Derek Chauvin, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. Freeman, speaking at a news conference announcing the charges on Friday, said this "is by far the fastest we've ever charged a police officer." "We have never charged a case in that kind of time frame, and we can only charge a case when we have sufficient admissible evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. As of right now, we have that," Freeman said. "We have charged this case as quickly, as sufficient admissible evidence to charge it has been investigated and presented to us. " The Hennepin County Attorney's office has reviewed witness accounts, video of the incident and other evidence that led to Chauvin's arrest, Freeman said. Chauvin was taken into custody Friday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety John Harrington. They have not yet arrested or charged the other three officers involved but are continuing to investigate the evidence, Freeman said. "We entrust our police officers to use certain amounts of force to do their job to protect us. They commit a criminal act if they use this force unreasonably," he said. The video of George Floyd's death sparked protests in Minneapolis and several other US cities. Here is a timeline of how tensions escalated this week. Tuesday, May 26: All four officers involved in the incident were fired, but as more details came out, and the video continued to circulate, thousands gathered to protest. Wednesday, May 27: Derek Chauvin was identified as the officer who had his knee on Floyd's neck as tensions continued to escalate. On Wednesday night, protests then transitioned to rioting and looting south of downtown Minneapolis, with people smashing their way into stores and setting businesses and other buildings on fire. Flames lit up a building under construction, one floor eventually collapsing. At a nearby Target, video shows people taking cartloads of goods and loading them into their cars. People also raided a grocery store. Thursday, May 28: Prosecutors investigating Floyd's death asked the people of Minneapolis for patience while they looked into the case. Gov. Tim Walz signed also signed an executive order on Thursday activating the Minnesota National Guard after protests and demonstrations erupted throughout the city and St. Paul. Hundreds of people gathered outside the police department's Third Precinct. Some protesters brought signs and some threw rocks. A temporary fence in front of the station was knocked over. Police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bags fired at rock throwers. Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night, thousands of protesters crowded around the precinct, climbing up the building and lighting its exterior on fire. Friday, May 29: State police, donning protective gear and carrying batons, lined up near the site littered with debris and sprayed mace at protesters who got too close. Some responded by throwing projectiles at the officers as others fled. John Harrington, commissioner of Minnesota's Department of Public Safety, said he is putting together a "unified command" of several different law enforcement and public safety entities to prepare for more protests today and this weekend. A CNN crew was arrested while giving a live television report Friday morning in Minneapolis – and then released about an hour later – as the crew covered ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd. State police detained CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, his producer and his photojournalist just after 5 a.m. CT as he was reporting live from a street south of downtown, near where a police precinct building was earlier set ablaze. Jimenez could be seen holding his CNN badge while reporting, identifying himself as a reporter, and telling the officers the crew would move wherever officers needed them to. An officer gripped his arm as Jimenez talked, then put him in handcuffs. Reaction: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz apologized for the arrest and said he took "full responsibility" at a news conference on Friday. "We have got to ensure that there is a safe spot for journalism to tell the story," Walz said. He added the incident was “unacceptable” and said the access and security of journalists is a priority to him. "The protection and security and safety of the journalists covering this is a top priority. Not because it's a nice thing to do. Because it is a key component of how we fix this," Walz said. A different experience: CNN's Josh Campbell, who also was in the area but not standing with the on-air crew, said he, too, was approached by police, but was allowed to remain. "I identified myself ... they said, 'OK, you're permitted to be in the area,'" recounted Campbell, who is white. "I was treated much differently than (Jimenez) was." Jimenez is black and Latino. Watch the arrest unfold here.
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Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord — a landmark 2015 deal on global warming targets — was a major blow to the global response to the climate crisis. The decision sent a message to the rest of the world that the US – which can legally leave the agreement as early as 2020 – would not be leading the global fight against climate change. Trump’s EPA chief has said that while he believes in climate change, it is not a top priority. The administration shrunk two of Utah’s national monuments. It has also pushed to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, as well as waters along the East and Pacific coasts. Under the Trump administration, the EPA announced it would no longer require oil and gas companies to install monitors to detect methane leaks from new wells, tanks and pipelines.
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Trump’s major economic policy achievement in office was the 2017 tax cut, which drastically reduced rates for individuals and businesses – but led to a rise in the federal budget deficit to nearly $1 trillion in fiscal year 2019, undermining a campaign promise to not just shrink deficits but eliminate the national debt altogether by the end of a second term. The tax cuts also contributed to a record-breaking rise in the stock market, one of Trump’s favorite economic indicators, as corporate executives plowed tax savings into stock buybacks that buoyed share prices, rewarding investors. Trump has presided over a strong labor market, with unemployment hovering at a 50-year low. While the economic outlook in the US remains stable, Trump has contributed to a global slowdown through a series of unpredictable moves on trade, including the imposition of tariffs against allies like the European Union. Trump has also engaged in a two-year trade war with China, imposing an escalating series of retaliatory tariffs that have hit American farmers, importers and manufacturers. He announced plans to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement, an Obama-era trade deal among a number of countries, soon after taking office in 2017. Preferring bilateral deals, he signed a new trade pact with Japan in 2019 – but it was no better for American ranchers and farmers than the Trans-Pacific Partnership would have been. His administration also renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement, the trade pact with Canada and Mexico. The countries have since agreed to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but it is pending ratification by the US Congress.
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Trump, as President, has vowed to fix student loan debt. As directed by an executive order, the Department of Education published new data in November 2019 about graduates’ income and debt levels aimed at helping students make more informed borrowing decisions before choosing colleges. The White House has also made loan forgiveness automatic for veterans with disabilities and urged Congress to include place a cap on student loan borrowing. By contrast, it has repeatedly proposed ending a student loan forgiveness program for public workers, but Congress has rejected those efforts. The administration has pushed for a school choice tax credit known as “Education Freedom Scholarships,” which students could use to attend public or private schools, including charters, outside of their districts. It has rescinded a number of Obama-era policies, including those that promoted racial diversity in schools and protections for transgender students in public schools that let them use bathrooms and other facilities corresponding to their gender identities. It has also rolled back two rules that were intended to hold for-profit colleges accountable.
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In the wake of mass shootings throughout his presidency, Trump has vowed action on gun violence, including expanding background checks. But he has been vague on the details, and has repeatedly pointed to mental health and hate as the underlying issues. After the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Trump order the Department of Justice to ban bump stocks, attachments that effectively make semi-automatic rifles fire continuously. The ban became effective in March 2019. The President has backed “red flag” gun laws on the state level, which enable those who have seen warning signs to seek court orders to intervene and prevent someone who is in crisis from temporarily having access to firearms.
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Trump campaigned against the Affordable Care Act on the runup to his presidency. While the Republican-controlled Congress failed to repeal the law, Trump has taken a number of executive actions to undermine it, including making it easier for Americans to access alternative policies that have fewer protections and benefits. The administration is also seeking to invalidate the landmark health care law through the courts. It has opted not to defend the law, instead siding with a coalition of Republican attorneys general who are arguing that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional because Congress effectively repealed the individual coverage mandate. The case is now being considered by a panel of appellate judges, after a district judge ruled in favor of the Republican coalition in December 2018. In a historic move, the administration is allowing states to impose work requirements on certain Medicaid recipients, though a district judge has blocked several states from doing so and others have suspended their efforts while the matter works its way through the legal system. Trump has promised to reduce drug prices and unveiled a blueprint to do so in 2018. Bucking long-standing Republican beliefs, the President is pushing to allow drug importation, particularly from Canada, and to tie the price of drugs in the US to their cost in other developed nations. However, several of his efforts have been stymied, including requiring drug makers to include their list prices in TV ads, which was nixed by a federal judge in summer 20199. In an effort to lower health care costs overall, the administration also issued a rule requiring hospitals to post the rates they negotiate privately with health insurers, starting in 2021. A coalition of major hospital groups took legal action to block the requirement.
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During his 2016 campaign, Trump proposed the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border, and has made it a tenet of his immigration policy as President. After taking office, he issued an executive order suspending the entry of people from a number of Muslim-majority countries for 90 days; the order went through several iterations in court before it was upheld. The administration’s “zero tolerance” policy in 2018 – criminal prosecutions of adults who illegally crossed the border – resulted in thousands of family separations at the border as parents were detained. Under a court order, the government must identify and reunify certain separated children. The President has proposed a merit-based immigration system, establishing a points-based system for green card holders and restricting sponsorship to spouses and minor children. Trump also officially ended Obama-era protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children, a decision that has now been taken to the Supreme Court.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms steps into national spotlight with passionate plea to protesters
Updated 3:16 PM ET, Sat May 30, 2020
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms stepped into the national spotlight on Friday night, denouncing vandalism in her city as "chaos" after demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, who was pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer now charged with his murder, turned violent and destructive. "What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.," an impassioned Bottoms said at a news conference. "This is chaos." As thousands of protesters gathered in more than thirty cities, the Atlanta mayor, whose name has been floated as a possible vice presidential pick for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, is facing a high stakes test of her leadership at home. Bottoms was joined at the news conference by local hip hop artists, civil rights leaders, including the Rev. Bernice King, and law enforcement officials, as she mixed empathy with anger and pleaded with protesters to "go home." Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, said he issued a state of emergency overnight at Bottoms' request that could send as many as 500 National Guard troops to Fulton County. Rising star in the Democratic Party Bottoms, a former judge and city council member, was sworn in as mayor in 2018 and has quickly emerged as one of the Democratic Party's rising stars. On Friday night, amid a swirl of increasingly tense and occasionally violent scenes, she faced the cameras, her constituents -- and the country. "I am a mother to four black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old. And when I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a mother would hurt," Bottoms said. "And yesterday when I heard there were rumors about violent protests in Atlanta, I did what a mother would do, I called my son and I said, 'Where are you?' I said, 'I cannot protect you and black boys shouldn't be out today.'" She stopped for a moment, pursed her lips, and then delivered a frank and personal message. "So, you're not going to out-concern me and out-care about where we are in America," Bottoms said. "I wear this each and every day, and I pray over my children, each and every day." The daughter of 1960s R&B star Major Lance, Keisha Lance Bottoms, a self-described "daughter of Atlanta" and its public schools, attended Florida A&M, a historically black university in Tallahassee, as an undergrad before returning home to obtain her law degree from Georgia State University. By the time she was elected the city's 60th mayor -- and second woman to hold the office -- in a run-off following a race that initially featured more than a dozen candidates, Bottoms' name was on the mind of party operatives and pundits well outside Atlanta. In early July of 2019, Bottoms spoke out forcefully against planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in Atlanta, and other cities, telling CNN at the time that her city was "not complicit in what's happening." She dismissed the federal targeting of migrants as a means of reducing crime, as the Trump administration has often framed it, and said her office would provide legal assistance to immigrant families, in English and Spanish, and warned those communities to be vigilant ahead of the scheduled sweeps. "Our officers don't enforce immigration borders," Bottoms said. "We've closed our city detention centers to ICE because we don't want to be complicit in family separation." A few weeks earlier, in late June, Bottoms made a memorable appearance in Miami, where she attended Biden's first Democratic presidential primary debate as a guest of the candidate's wife, Jill. In the aftermath, as the political world calculated the damage Sen. Kamala Harris had done to Biden with her attack on his past position on busing, another piece of news crossed mostly unnoticed: Bottoms had officially endorsed Biden. From there on, she became one of his strongest surrogates, attending other debates and standing by his side even as the polls showed Biden slipping ahead of the first round of voting this year. "He is a strong candidate and there have been some bumps along the way, but I think that's to be expected. Nobody ever said it would be easy," Bottoms told Atlanta's 11Alive news in November 2019, touting Biden's strong standing in the state. "When you look at the legacy that the Obama-Biden administration has in Georgia, people remember that and especially when you look at large groups of people of color as a demographic in our state then, by and large, especially our seasoned African American voters, are solidly behind Joe Biden." Bottoms' assessment of a campaign still in flux would be proven out over the coming months, as African American voters, especially older members of the community in states like South Carolina, helped revive Biden's campaign and vault him to the front of the primary pack. By April, he had consolidated the field and emerged as the party's presumptive nominee. In a statement Saturday, Biden campaign national spokesman TJ Ducklo applauded Bottoms' grace under fire. "Vice President Biden has been grateful for Mayor Bottoms' support and counsel since the earliest days of our campaign," Ducklo said. "Her passion, her empathy and her strong and steady leadership are shining through during this difficult moment, and the city of Atlanta is lucky to have her leading the way." Bottoms 'spoke to us from the heart' Sarah Riggs Amico, who ran alongside Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in 2018 as the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, praised Bottoms on Saturday morning for her message and moral authority. "Mayor Bottoms spoke to us from the heart not just as a leader, but as a mother of four black children, reminding us that the safety and freedom of our families and our community must remain our primary collective focus," said Amico, who is running in Georgia's Democratic Senate primary on June 9. The protests in Atlanta had started peacefully Friday afternoon, when crowds gathered in the city's famed Centennial Park. But by 6 p.m. ET, demonstrators began moving toward the front of the CNN Center, where police had gathered. Over the next few hours, the gathering swelled as SWAT officers were called in to confront the crowds. Later, protesters could be seen damaging the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta, which is sandwiched between State Farm Arena and Centennial Park. In response, Bottoms referenced CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, who earlier Friday had been arrested -- and then released about an hour later -- while covering protests over Floyd's death in Minneapolis. "There was a black reporter who was arrested on camera this morning, who works for CNN. They are telling our stories, and you are disgracing their building," she said. "We are no longer talking about the murder of an innocent man. We're talking about how you're burning police cars on the streets of Atlanta, Georgia." Demonstrators funneled their anguish in cities like New York and Washington into chants, signs and occasional outbreaks of disorder, smashing windows and setting vehicles ablaze. Police in New York were also captured on video posted to social media lashing out violently at protesters in Brooklyn. "A protest has purpose. When Dr. King was assassinated, we didn't do this to our city," Bottoms said in Atlanta. "If you want change in America, go and register to vote ... That is the change we need in this country." This story has been updated Saturday with additional developments.