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Trump: 'the nation needs law and order'

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President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the nation needs "law and order" and defended his walk to a Washington, DC church after protesters were dispersed from the area. (June 4)

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DONALD TRUMP: Well, it was a terrible thing and should never have happened. Something snapped, I think with, the policeman. And the other three watching it were-- I guess you can't put it in the same category, but it was certainly in a very bad category. And nothing good comes out of that. No, that was a very bad thing.

Right now I think the nation needs law and order because you have a bad group of people out there, and they're using George Floyd, and they're using a lot of other people to try and do some bad things. And what we do-- and we have it totally under control. But you have Democrat in many cases-- in all cases, Democrat super liberal mayors. I mean, the mayor of Minneapolis was-- it was disgraceful when I watched that. When I saw cops fleeing a precinct, there's no reason in a million years that should have been done.

And we took that mess-- it was a total mess. We brought in the National Guard. We took care of it. Now it's very good. If you look at that area, it's very good. So, yeah, we need healing, but we also need strength, and we need toughness, and we need law and order. We need it all, but we do need healing.

- Will you send in the military to any cities in particular to restore that law and order?

DONALD TRUMP: Well, it depends. I don't think we'll have to. We have very strong powers to do it. The National Guard is customary, and we have a very powerful National Guard, over 300,000 men and women. And we can do pretty much whatever we want as far as that. But as far as going beyond that, sure, if it was necessary.

We need safety in our cities. And when they don't take care of it, we took care of it in Washington, DC. I said two days ago, this is the safest place on Earth. We brought in incredible people. They took care of the situation very easily. It was very easy for them. And in Minnesota, as you know, we took care of that situation with their great city. We took care of it very easily, once they went through three days of hell and I had to say, you've got to get them in. Once they came in, it was like a knife cutting butter. It was so easy.

And-- but we have other cities, they like to hold out. New York is a disaster, what's going on in New York. And we could help them a lot. They have to ask. If they don't get it straightened out soon, I'll take care of it.

- Why-- why did you go to St. John's the other day? What was the message that you wanted to send to people?

DONALD TRUMP: So I went there because somebody suggested it was a good idea, and I thought it was a great idea. And it was a great idea. I didn't know if there were people around there or not. Somebody said, oh, they were so peaceful. Well, they tried to burn down the church the day before and almost succeeded. And the church was badly hurt.