Democratic leaders in Congress inveighed Tuesday against what they described as a push by President Trump to use the U.S. military for cracking down on nationwide protests triggered by George Floyd's death last week in Minneapolis while he was in police custody.
"Violence has no place and violence must be addressed," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told NPR's All Things Considered. "But there is no reason for the U.S. military to be called out for this."
Pelosi was referring to a threat Trump made Monday evening in the Rose Garden at the White House.
"If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents," Trump declared in a brief statement, "then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them."
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