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.