US officials vowed to "maximize federal law enforcement presence" in the nation's capital on Monday night after days of violent demonstrations led to fires across Washington and left scores of businesses with broken windows and dozens of police officers injured.
Thousands of demonstrators were arrested over the weekend after clashing with police and defying curfews in numerous major US cities, including Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, and Salt Lake City.
Trump's tweet Monday was his first reaction of the morning to hours of protests outside the White House Sunday - and across the country.
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"We must have law and order on our streets and in our communities, and it is the responsibility of the local and state leadership, in the first instance, to halt this violence", he continued. More than 66,700 soldiers and airman have been activated - 45,000 to assist with the pandemic and more than 17,000 to help with the protests.
The attorney general also sent an FBI hostage rescue team to help authorities in Washington, D.C., with demonstrations Sunday, the official said, adding that the federal law enforcement presence will be "maximized" in the city on Monday evening. The First Amendment protects the rights of Americans who like spewing "hateful speech" and "assembling with others who share the same hateful views", so "unless an organization engages exclusively in unprotected activity, such as committing crimes of violence, any designation of a (U.S. -based) organization as a terrorist organization ... would likely run afoul of the First Amendment", Mary McCord, the former head of the Justice Department's National Security Division, told a House panel in January.
"Anti-fascism is an argument for self-defence collectively against the proven historical perils of white supremacy and fascism", he said, alluding to the backlash against those in the alt-right movement supporting Mr Trump.
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It was the "firm determination of all Chinese people" to oppose interference in Hong Kong affairs by any external forces, the paper said.
The U.S. Park Police and Secret Service have had dozens of officers out in riot gear in Washington for the last few nights, in addition to the Metropolitan Police Department.
But there was violence across the country, beginning with riots in Minneapolis. At the time, Justice Department officials explained their concerns.
As demonstrators broke windows and set fires, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse crowds in many cities.
Most of the protesters have been peaceful and tried to discourage violence.
Antifa, short for anti-fascist, is not so much an organization, but rather a loose collective of far-left activists who often act independently of each other while advocating for their preferred causes. "Unfortunately, with the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful protests are being hijacked by violent radical elements".
According to Trump the violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses and burning down buildings. Although there isn't a specific federal domestic terrorism statute, prosecutors could charge other offenses and seek enhanced sentencing.
But the state and federal officials offered differing assessments of who the outsiders were, blaming left-wing extremists, far-right white nationalists and even suggesting the involvement of drug cartels.