June 1 George Floyd protest news

By Jessie Yeung, Steve George, Nick Thompson, Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Daniella Diaz, CNN

Updated 2:10 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020
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7:07 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Trump calls on governors to deploy National Guard at protests

From CNN's Maegan Vazquez 


President Trump announced today in a Rose Garden statement that he is taking immediate presidential action to "stop the violence and restore security and safety in America" and is mobilizing federal resources to stop rioting and looting.

Trump said his measures would be effective "immediately" and said he has "strongly recommended" to every governor to deploy the National Guard in "sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets."

Trump said mayors and governors must establish an "overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled." If the city or state refuses to take the actions, Trump said he would deploy the US military.

The President said he is also taking "swift and decisive action" to protect the nation's capital including dispatching "thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property."

He also said the 7 p.m. ET curfew in the city will be "strictly enforced."


7:00 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Trump declares himself "president of law and order" in White House speech amid protests

President Trump told reporters in the White House his administration is "fully committed" to serving justice for George Floyd, but said he believed the looters and violent protests are distracting from that goal.

"All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd," he said. "My administration is fully committed that for judge and his family, justice will be served. He will not have died in vain. But we cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob. The biggest victims of the rioting is peace loving citizens in our poorest communities. And as their President, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you. 

He continued: "I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters. but in recent days, our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa and others."

CNN's Jim Acosta reported that loud bangs from the protests could be heard in the Rose Garden. 


6:44 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Police appear to throw tear gas into crowds near White House

Police appeared to throw tear gas into the crowds to disperse protesters near the White House.

Protesters can be seen raising their hands at police and chanting "don't shoot!"

President Trump is due to deliver a speech from the Rose Garden.

6:35 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Additional National Guard members have been requested for DC

From CNN's Ryan Browne and Barbara Starr

Members of the DC National Guard arrive at the White House on June 1.
Members of the DC National Guard arrive at the White House on June 1. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

An additional 600-800 National Guard members from five states have been requested to supplement the DC National Guard responding to civil unrest.

"This evening the Department has been working with the Department of Justice and other officials and the city of Washington, DC, to provide sufficient forces for protecting the city and maintaining peace this evening,” a defense official said.

"The stated goal is to help the city with their needs," the official added.

The entire DC National Guard, a little more than 1,200 personnel, have been activated. 

The requests for additional National Guard forces were made to made to Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Utah. 

A senior defense official said that not all of the forces will be carrying lethal weapons but that some would "should the President decide to arm them." 

The official said the forces will be tasked with safeguarding "monuments, White House, property and generally helping the DC police and DC law enforcement respond to any threats on life." 

6:31 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Illinois governor says Trump has "fanned the flames" instead of bringing peace 

From CNN’s Jessica King

President Trump has “fanned the flames instead of bringing peace and calm” in the wake of protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker – a Democrat and vocal critic of the President – said in a news conference Monday.

In response to a reporter's question on his comments today, when Pritzker called out Trump’s rhetoric in a call with other governors, Pritzker said that he heard what he found to be “inflammatory rhetoric” from the President during the course of the call and that other governors didn’t call it out so he “spoke out and felt that was my obligation.”

“It is usually the job of the president to stand up in these circumstances and try to bring down the temperature. That’s not what this President does,” Pritzker said.

“If he can’t say something that is going to help us across the nation to bring the temperature down, then he shouldn’t say anything at all,” he added.

6:28 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

DC mayor says increased federal assets "could be helpful"

From CNN's Aaron Pellish

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks to the press in front of Saint Johns church on June 1.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks to the press in front of Saint Johns church on June 1. Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser told reporters that more federal assets coming to the city “could be helpful.”

In a news conference on Monday, Bowser confirmed her office had been working with federal authorities to coordinate a response to evening protests that have spread violence and destruction in Washington.

“We do expect that there will be more federal assets, as they say, deployed in or around the District of Columbia," she said

CNN reported earlier Monday an active duty military police battalion consisting of some 200 to 250 military personnel is now in the process of deploying to Washington, DC, and could be in the nation's capital as soon as tonight. 

US Customs and Border Protection personnel have also been deployed to the National Capital Region to assist law enforcement partners responding to protests.

6:37 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Attorney General William Barr in Lafayette park to observe protesters

From CNN's Allie Malloy

Attorney General William Barr is in Lafayette park with several other officials observing the protesters.

He is about 100 yards from protesters and behind a police line. Moments before he came outside, additional police were added to Lafayette park, including military police.

It appears he has an additional security detail with him.


6:16 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Customs and Border Protection personnel deployed to DC

From CNN's Priscilla Alvarez

US Customs and Border Protection personnel have been deployed to the National Capital Region to assist law enforcement partners, Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan tweeted Monday afternoon, with an accompanying photo.

CNN reported Sunday that CBP is deploying officers, agents and aviation assets nationwide at the request of federal, state, and local partners “confronting the lawless actions of rioters,” according to a statement from the agency.

“These ‘protests’ have devolved into chaos & acts of domestic terrorism by groups of radicals & agitators. @CBP is answering the call and will work to keep DC safe," Morgan tweeted Monday.

CBP is charged with enforcing the nation’s borders, but regularly assists law enforcement, like after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, according to a CBP official. CBP’s legacy agencies also assisted local partners during the 1992 Rodney King protests, the official added. 

The mission, in this case, is not enforcing immigration law but helping for law enforcement purposes. 

Read the tweet:

6:11 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Trump speaking soon from the Rose Garden

President Trump will be delivering remarks at 6:15 p.m. ET from the Rose Garden, according to an updated White House schedule. 

White House aides were instructed Monday to begin preparing for a possible statement by Trump from the Rose Garden, two officials told CNN, providing a venue for the President to address growing racial unrest gripping the country.