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Trump on Call to Governors: Minnesota "Has Become A Laughing Stock," "You've Got To Dominate"


CNN obtained this audio from President Trump's Monday morning phone call with the nation's governors where the president urges governors to do more to fight riots and looting in the wake of protests against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Trump said the Minneapolis PD's response has become a global "laughing stock" and that other governors need to send police and National Guard forces out to "dominate" the streets.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: So the best example, I alluded to it a couple of seconds ago, is Minneapolis. It was incredible what happened in the state of Minnesota. They were a laughing stock all over the world. They took over the police department. The police were running down the street, sirens blazing, the rest of them running. It was on camera. And then they wiped out. You’ll probably have to build a new one, but I’ve never seen anything like it. And the whole world was laughing.

Two days, three days later, I spoke to the governor and the governor’s I think on the call. He’s an excellent guy. And all of a sudden, and I said, you got to use the National Guard in big numbers. They didn’t at first. Then they did. And I’ll tell this. I don’t know what it was, governor. It was the fourth night. Those guys walked through that stuff like it was butter. They walked right through and you haven’t had any problems since. I mean, they know. They’re not going to go there. Now they’ll go to some other place.

But once you called out and you dominated, you took the worst place and you made it… They didn’t even cover it last night because there was so little action because you’ve dominated. You dominated. Now what happens to New York? I have to tell you, I live in Manhattan. What’s going on in Manhattan, I have no idea. New York’s finest, they’ve got to be allowed maybe to do their jobs. I don’t know what’s happening in Manhattan, but it’s terrible. And because it’s New York, because it’s Manhattan, it gets a lot of press. So they really spent a lot of time on it. But New York is going to have to toughen up and we’ll send you National Guard if you want. You have the largest police force in the country, 40,000 people I understand, but what’s going on in New York is terrible. It’s terrible. Of all the places. What went on last night in Los Angeles with the stores and the store fronts is terrible. No domination. You have to dominate.
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