US President Donald Trump has boasted that Minneapolis would have been wiped off the map had he not urged the Minnesota government to deploy National Guard troops to quell riots and looting following the death of George Floyd.
“If I didn’t demand that National Guard Troops go into Minneapolis after watching how poorly the Liberal Democrat government was handling things, you wouldn’t even have a Minneapolis now. Once they were deployed, in force, all looting, burning and crime stopped DEAD!” Trump said in a tweet on Thursday, adding in another post: “Next time call up the National Guard much sooner.”
If I didn’t demand that National Guard Troops go into Minneapolis after watching how poorly the Liberal Democrat government was handling things, you wouldn’t even have a Minneapolis now. Once they were deployed, in force, all looting, burning and crime stopped DEAD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2020
The missive was immediately met with a wave of ‘fact-checks,’ noting that the Minnesota state government, not the president, is responsible for National Guard deployments, with critics insisting Trump deserves no credit for the move.
Governor Walz called out and mobilized the Minnesota National Guard—well before Trump “demanded” it.Trump, who could have federalized the Minnesota National Guard if he believed Walz’s response was inadequate, never did so.
— ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesMore) July 2, 2020
National Guard is handled on the state level. You didn’t deploy anything. You’re grasping at straws just like you did with the depression-level unemployment rates.
— James Ellars (@Ellars) July 2, 2020
Uh…it was the Governor, Tim Walz, who called in the National Guard. As governors do. Not you.
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) July 2, 2020
While Trump did call for Guard troops to be sent into the city as anti-police brutality protests there escalated into rioting and destruction – even threatening to take action himself should the situation spiral further out of control – by that point Minnesota Governor Tim Walz had inked an executive order authorizing a deployment. The order was quickly acknowledged on Twitter by the state’s Guard, hours prior to the president’s first post on the matter. Walz’s office also insists the decision was made at the request of the mayors of Minneapolis and nearby St. Paul, rather than Trump. However, the two did speak by phone prior to the deployment. It remains unclear what was said on the call, and Walz has refused to clarify whether troops were a subject of discussion.
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