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Protests Against Police Brutality (2020): White House

Helps document the federal government’s response to racial justice protests following the police murder of George Floyd

Statements & actions timeline

May 27

Trump tweets "At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd........I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!"

May 28

Trump tweets "I can't stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis...These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd...Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

White House Senior Communications Officer Ben Williamson tweets "As @PressSec just noted in the briefing's opening: President Trump is receiving a briefing right now from the AG and Deputy FBI Dir. on the killing of George Floyd. A full investigation being conducted at his direction. "Justice will be served.""

May 29

Trump follow-up tweets to "looting/shooting" tweet

Trump tweets that National Guard has arrived in Minneapolis

Pence tweets "Our prayers are with the family of George Floyd and our prayers are also with the family of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. We have no tolerance for racism in America. We have no tolerance for violence inspired by racism. And, as President Trump said, justice will be served."

May 30

Remarks by President Trump at Kennedy Space Center

Remarks by President Trump before Air Force One departure

Remarks by President Trump before Marine One departure

Trump tweet thread about Secret Service response

Trump tweets "These are “Organized Groups” that have nothing to do with George Floyd"

Trump's "MAGA night at the White House" tweet (corrects earlier deleted tweet)

Death of George Floyd was a "grave tragedy" tweet

Trump tweets "Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME..."

Trump tweets "80% of the RIOTERS in Minneapolis last night were from OUT OF STATE..."

Trump tweets "The National Guard has been released in Minneapolis to do the job that the Democrat Mayor couldn’t do..."

May 31

U.S. will designate antifa as a terrorist organization tweet

Trump tweets "Congratulations to our National Guard for the great job they did immediately upon arriving in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night...ANTIFA led anarchists, among others, were shut down quickly..."

White House Press Secretary Kelly McEnany tweets NY Times headline, with "A divisive and combative article by the @nytimes. No Mention of the myriad times President @realDonaldTrump has expressed sympathy for the family of George Floyd. Instead, just one cursory mention in paragraph 14."

June 1

Audio recording of call with governors (via Washington Post)

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Statement by the president before photo op at Saint John's Church (see also, video)

Trump walks to Saint John's Church (video)

White House Senior Communications Advisor Ben Williamson tweets "Rioters tried to burn St. John's Church to the ground about 24 hours ago, since many on Twitter have apparently forgotten"

June 2

Trump tweets "thank you President Trump!" for "overwhelming force" and "domination" in previous night's action against protestors

Trump tweet about New York Governor's refusal of National Guard

Trump tweets that his administration "has done more for the Black Community than any President since Abraham Lincoln"

Trump tweets "So pathetic to watch the Fake News Lamestream Media playing down the gravity and depravity of the Radical Left, looters and thugs, ripping up our Liberal Democrat run (only) cities. It is almost like they are all working together?"

Trump tweets article about "fake news" that tear gas was used against protestors

Trump tweets "people liked my walk" to St. James Church

Trump tweets "highest respect" to family of police captain shot and killed by "despicable looters"

Trump tweets D.C. was the "safest place on earth last night!"

White House Senior Communications Advisor Ben Williamson retweets photo of heavily-guarded Lincoln Memorial, with "Since you either weren't paying attention or are purposefully leaving out the context: the Lincoln Memorial was defaced less than 48 hours ago. It won't be tonight."

Pence tweets "Thank you to all the Law Enforcement heroes working to protect our Nation’s Capital and keep America Safe. We support peaceful protests but will not allow the riots, looting or destruction of private property."

June 3

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer interviews the president for Newsmax TV

White House tweets article that argues Trump "is the leader that can finally lead to the change and action so many in my community have been pleading for"

White House Press Secretary tweets criticism of Mattis statement and says "Under President @realDonaldTrump’s leadership, there will be NO burning of churches, looting of businesses, destruction of property, and assaults on civilians and police."

Trump tweets that he has done more for Black Americans than any president in history, with the possible exception of Lincoln

Trump tweets "If you watch Fake News @CNN or MSDNC, you would think that the killers, terrorists, arsonists, anarchists, thugs, hoodlums, looters, ANTIFA & others, would be the nicest, kindest most wonderful people in the Whole Wide World..."

June 4

Trump tweets letter from former legal advisor John Dowd to James Mattis, responding to Mattis' statement on Trump

Trump tweets intent to campaign against Senator Murkowski, following her support of Mattis' statement on Trump (audio via NBC News)

Trump tweets "the problem is not the very talented, low-flying helicopter pilots wanting to save our city..."

Twitter (and later, Facebook and Instagram) removes video tribute to George Floyd posted by the Trump campaign over copyright complaints

Trump tweets "The Radical Left Democrats new theme is “Defund the Police”. Remember that when you don’t want Crime, especially against you and your family..."

White House Senior Communications Advisor Ben Williamson tweets "AG Barr made it clear in his press conference that President Trump instructed him to full pursue justice for George Floyd, support the peaceful protestors and crack down those spreading violence."

Pence tweets "As mourners gather in Minneapolis for the Memorial Service of George Floyd, Karen and I extend our sympathies and prayers to his family and friends. His death was a tragedy and as President @realDonaldTrump assured the Nation, justice will be served."

June 5

Remarks by Vice President Pence in listening session with faith and community leaders | Beltsville, MD

Trump tweets criticism of D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser over National Guard, tweet 1 and tweet 2 

Trump tweets article about video copyright complaint

June 6

Trump tweets "Riot gear or military control is not necessary because ANTIFA & other Wacko groups of Anarchists aren’t present to cause trouble..."

Trump tweets "Much smaller crowd in D.C. than anticipated. National Guard, Secret Service, and D.C. Police have been doing a fantastic job..."

June 7

Trump tweets that he has ordered National Guard to start withdrawing from Washington, D.C.

June 8

Trump tweets about Senator Romney joining a march to the White House

Remarks by President Trump on the jobs numbers report

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a roundtable with law enforcement

June 9

Trump tweets conspiracy theory that elderly protestor pushed to the ground by Buffalo police "could be an ANTIFA provocateur"

June 10

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Remarks by President Trump in roundtable discussion with Black supporters

Trump tweets that his administration "will not even consider" the renaming of military bases named after Confederate generals

Trump tweets that "Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle, run by Radical Left Democrats, of course..."

June 11

Trump tweets that "Our great National Guard Troops who took care of the area around the White House could hardly believe how easy it was. “A walk in the park”, one said..."

Trump tweets "THOSE THAT DENY THEIR HISTORY ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT!"

Trump tweets "Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will..."

Trump tweets that "Seriously failed presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, just introduced an Amendment on the renaming of many of our legendary Military Bases from which we trained to WIN two World Wars..."

June 12

Remarks by President Trump during a roundtable on transition to greatness: restoring, rebuilding, and renewing | Dallas, TX

Remarks by Vice President Pence in a listening session with faith and community leaders | Pittsburgh, PA

Remarks by Vice President Pence to Oberg Industries employees on opening up America again | Sarver, PA

Trump interview with Harris Faulkner of Fox News (via YouTube)

Trump tweets that the MAGA rally scheduled for Juneteenth in Tulsa has been rescheduled

Trump tweets "Seattle Mayor says, about the anarchists takeover of her city, “it is a Summer of Love”. These Liberal Dems don’t have a clue. The terrorists burn and pillage our cities, and they think it is just wonderful, even the death..."

June 14

Trump tweets "Interesting how ANTIFA and other Far Left militant groups can take over a city without barely a wimpier from soft Do Nothing Democrat leadership, yet these same weak leaders become RADICAL when it comes to shutting down a state or city and its hard working, tax paying citizens!"

June 16

Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities

Remarks by President Trump at signing of an executive order on safe policing for safe communities

President Donald J. Trump is taking unprecedented steps to strengthen relations between law enforcement and their communities

Remarks by Vice President Pence to Winnebago Industries employees | Forest City, IA

Tweet thread by White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah on safe policing executive order

June 17

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

June 18

Remarks by Vice President Pence to employees at Casadei Steel Inc. on opening up America again | Sterling Heights, MI

June 19

Trump tweets "Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis. It will be a much different scene!"

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

June 20

Remarks by Vice President Pence at a roundtable discussion with faith and community leaders | Tulsa, OK

Pence tweets "We’ll listen, we’ll learn and we’ll lead. The one thing we’re not going to do is cave to the radical left and we’re not going to defund the police."

June 22

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

June 23

Remarks by President Trump before Marine One departure

Remarks by President Trump in roundtable on border security | Yuma, AZ

Remarks by President Trump at a Turning Point action address to young Americans

Trump tweets "There will never be an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!," which is censored as violating Twitter's rules about abusive behavior

White House Press Secretary Kelly McEnany retweets Trump's "autonomous zone" tweet, adding "Let's be clear about what just happened. Twitter labeled it "abusive behavior" for the President of the United States to say that he will enforce the law. Twitter says it is "abusive" to prevent rioters from forcibly seizing territory to set up a lawless zone in our capital"

White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah tweets video snippet with "An important conversation abt inequality & race relations in our country has devolved into a White protestor harassing & berating a black Police Officer in Black Lives Matter Plaza. Thank God for our dedicated law enforcement."

Pence tweets "Let me be clear: Burning churches is not protest and desecrating synagogues is not free speech. There will be no tolerance for violence. We will not bow to the radical left and we will not defund the police."

June 24

Pence tweets "While the Democrats want to hamstring law enforcement and defund the police, Republicans have sought real solutions. The Democrats' obstruction on the floor this morning is unconscionable and demonstrates their preference for defunding the police rather than real reform."

June 25

Remarks by President Trump in a Fox News Town Hall | Green Bay, WI

White House Senior Communications Advisor Ben Williamson tweets "In the last 24 hours: the Democrat House Speaker said Republicans are "trying to get away with George Floyd's murder," the Senate Democrat leader endorsed her comment, and the previous Senate Democrat leader said Trump won in 2016 because Russian hackers altered votes"

June 26

Executive Order on protecting American monuments, memorials, and statues and combating recent criminal violence

Statement from the Press Secretary

President Donald J. Trump is combating violence and protecting America's monuments, memorials, and statues

June 28

Trump retweets (and later deletes) video of white supporter in golf cart yelling "white power" to protestors

White House spokesman issues statement asserting the president had not heard the "white power" remarks in video (via @JonLemire)

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Celebrate Freedom rally | Dallas, TX

June 29

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

July 1

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

July 2

Remarks by President Trump at Spirit of America showcase

July 3

Executive Order on building and rebuilding monuments to American heroes

July 4

Remarks by President Trump at South Dakota's 2020 Mount Rushmore fireworks celebration | Keystone, South Dakota

Remarks by President Trump at the 2020 Salute to America

White House Senior Communications Advisor Ben Williamson tweets "The President's Mount Rushmore speech was an important, timely defense of America's integrity against mobs actively seeking to tear it down--and coverage calling the speech "dark," "divisive," or even "racist" should be seen for the absurdity it is."

July 6

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

July 9

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Remarks by Vice President Pence at Back the Blue rally | Philadelphia, PA

July 10

Remarks by President Trump in briefing on SOUTHCOM enhanced counternarcotics operations

Remarks by President Trump on SOUTHCOM enhanced counternarcotics operations

July 12

Trump tweets "No, Radical Left anarchists, agitators, looters or protesters will not be knocking down or harming the Washington Monument, the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials, or just about any other Federal Monumrnt or Statue. If they even try, an automatic 10 years in prison." Sorry!

July 13

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Remarks by President Trump in a roundtable with stakeholders positively impacted by law enforcement

Trump tweets "Never in history have Police been treated so badly as they are in Democrat run cities - and these cities are a mess. Police must take a stronger stand with the Radical Left politicians that are treating them so badly, and so disrespectfully!!!"

July 14

Remarks by President Trump in press conference

Trump discusses police killings, Confederate flags, China and schools (via CBS News)

McEnany tweets "Our police officers are selfless heroes, but Joe Biden calls them “the ENEMY” Ilhan Omar calls them “CANCER “ AOC says must “DEFUND” Police secure our streets and keep the peace. The radical left can’t have their way!"

July 15

Remarks by President Trump in briefing on keeping American communities safe: the takedown of key MS-13 criminal leaders

July 16

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Remarks by President Trump on rolling back regulations to help all Americans

July 17

Remarks by Vice President Pence on the dangers of socialism

July 19

President Trump goes one-on-one with Chris Wallace (via Fox News)

Trump tweets "We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it. Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators. They are missing in action. We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE. These were not merely protesters, these are the real deal!"

Trump tweets and deletes "Oregon officials are running scared when it comes to Portland m" (via Factba.se)

Trump tweets "The Radical Left Democrats, who totally control Biden, will destroy our Country as we know it. Unimaginably bad things would happen to America. Look at Portland, where the pols are just fine with 50 days of anarchy. We sent in help. Look at New York, Chicago, Philadelphia. NO!"

July 20

Remarks by President Trump on phase four negotiations

July 21

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Statement of Administration Policy - H.R. 6395 - National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "If H.R. 6395 were presented to the President in its current form, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto it" in part because of opposition to renaming military bases named for Confederate figures

July 22

Remarks by President Trump on Operation LeGend: combatting violent crime in American cities

Remarks by President Trump in press briefing

July 24

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

July 26

Trump tweets "The “protesters” are actually anarchists who hate our Country. The line of innocent “mothers” were a scam that Lamestream refuses to acknowledge, just like they don’t report the violence of these demonstrations!"

July 27

Trump tweets "The Fake News Media is trying to portray the Portland and Seattle “protesters” as wonderful, sweet and innocent people just out for a little stroll. Actually, they are sick and deranged Anarchists & Agitators who our great men & women of Law Enforcement easily control, but who..."

Trump tweets "Anarchists, Agitators or Protestors who vandalize or damage our Federal Courthouse in Portland, or any Federal Buildings in any of our Cities or States, will be prosecuted under our recently re-enacted Statues & Monuments Act. MINIMUM TEN YEARS IN PRISON. Don’t do it! @DHSgov"

Trump tweets "Homeland Security or Federal Forces are little involved in Seattle, other than we have a large standby team in case of emergency. The media is calling that one wrong also. In Portland, we are protecting Federal property, including the Courthouse, which wouldn’t last a day!"

July 28

Remarks by President Trump in press briefing

July 29

Remarks by President Trump before Marine One departure

Remarks by President Trump on restoring energy dominance in the Permian Basin | Midland, TX

Trump tweets "@FoxNews reported incorrectly what the Federal Government is doing with respect to Portland. We are demanding that the Governor & Mayor do their job or we will do it for them. To complicated to discuss in a Tweet, but bad reporting by Fox (possibly on purpose!)."

Trump tweets "If the Federal Government and its brilliant Law Enforcement (Homeland) didn't go into Portland one week ago, there would be no Portland -- It would be burned and beaten to the ground..."

July 30

Remarks by President Trump in press briefing

Pence tweets "In the wake of the violence on the streets of Portland, President @realDonaldTrump sent in federal law enforcement to protect the federal courthouse, and made it clear that the Governor and the Mayor of Portland needed to do their job or we would do it for them..."

Trump tweets "Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon, isn’t doing her job. She must clear out, and in some cases arrest, the Anarchists & Agitators in Portland. If she can’t do it, the Federal Government will do it for her. We will not be leaving until there is safety!"

July 31

Remarks by President Trump in a meeting with the National Association of Police Organizations leadership

Trump tweets "Homeland Security is not leaving Portland until local police complete cleanup of Anarchists and Agitators!"

August 3

Remarks by President Trump in press briefing

August 4

Trump interview with Jonathan Swan from "Axios on HBO"

Remarks by President Trump at signing of H.R. 1957, The Great American Outdoors Act

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Remarks by President Trump in press briefing

August 6

Remarks by President Trump at Whirlpool Corporation manufacturing plant

August 8

Remarks by President Trump in press briefing | Bedminster, NJ

August 10

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

August 11

Remarks by President Trump in press briefing

August 13

Remarks by President Trump in press briefing

August 14

Remarks by Vice President Pence at a Support Law Enforcement Town Hall | Urbandale, IA

August 18

Remarks by President Trump in a signing of a proclamation on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment

August 19

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Remarks by President Trump in press briefing

Trump tweets "IF YOU CAN PROTEST IN PERSON, YOU CAN VOTE IN PERSON!"

August 21

Remarks by President Trump at the 2020 Council for National Policy meeting

August 22

Trump tweets "Another bad night of Rioting in Portland, Oregon. A small number of Federal troops there to protect courthouse and other Federal property only (great job!). Wanting to be asked by City & State to STOP THE RIOTS. Would bring in National Guard, end problem immediately. ASK!"

August 23

Trump tweets "These riots are an antigovernment movement from the Left that are all in Democrat run cities. The mayors have got to let their police do what they know how to do. Would be very easy to suppress or, call in the Federal Government. We will solve problem fast!"

August 25

Trump tweets "We again request Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown), the Governor of Oregon, and Mayor @TedWheeler of Portland, to call up the National Guard like should have been done 3 months ago......They must stop calling these anarchists and agitators “peaceful protestors”. Come back into the real world!..."

White House Senior Communications Officer Ben Williamson tweets "Local law enforcement in Wisconsin have told the White House they need at least 750 National Guard tonight. Governor Evers is only sending 250. Today, Mark Meadows called the Governor and offered 500 additional guard to meet the police needs. Governor Evers declined."

August 26

Trump tweets "We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!)..."

August 27

Remarks by President Trump in briefing on Hurricane Laura

August 28

Trump tweets "Kenosha has been very quiet for the third night in a row or, since the National Guard has shown up. That’s the way it works, it’s all very simple. Portland, with a very ungifted mayor, should request help from the Federal Government. If lives are endangered, we’re going in!"

Trump tweets "If the incompetent Mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, doesn’t get control of his city and stop the Anarchists, Agitators, Rioters and Looters, causing great danger to innocent people, we will go in and take care of matters the way they should have been taken care of 100 days ago!"

Trump tweets "Success: Since the National Guard moved into Kenosha, Wisconsin, two days ago, there has been NO FURTHER VIOLENCE, not even a small problem. When legally asked to help by local authorities, the Federal Government will act and quickly succeed. Are you listening Portland?"

August 29

Remarks by President Trump in an emergency operations briefing | Orange, TX

August 30

Trump tweets ".@MayorBowser should arrest these agitators and thugs!Clean up D.C. or the Federal Government will do it for you. Enough!!! @MayorBowser

Trump tweets "Our great National Guard could solve these problems in less than 1 hour. Local authorities must ask before it is too late. People of Portland, and other Democrat run cities, are disgusted with Schumer, Pelosi, and thier local “leaders”. They want Law & Order!"

Trump tweets "The big backlash going on in Portland cannot be unexpected after 95 days of watching and incompetent Mayor admit that he has no idea what he is doing. The people of Portland won’t put up with no safety any longer.The Mayor is a FOOL. Bring in the National Guard!"

Trump tweets "The only way you will stop the violence in the high crime Democrat run cities is through strength!"

Trump tweets "Ted Wheeler, the wacky Radical Left Do Nothing Democrat Mayor of Portland, who has watched great death and destruction of his City during his tenure, thinks this lawless situation should go on forever. Wrong! ..."

August 31

Trump tweets "Portland is a mess, and it has been for many years. If this joke of a mayor doesn’t clean it up, we will go in and do it for them!"

Trump tweets "If I didn’t INSIST on having the National Guard activate and go into Kenosha, Wisconsin, there would be no Kenosha right now. Also, there would have been great death and injury. I want to thank Law Enforcement and the National Guard..."

Remarks by President Trump in press briefing

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

September 1

Statement from the Press Secretary

Remarks by President Trump before Air Force One departure | Joint Base Andrews, MD

Remarks by President Trump during a Wisconsin community safety roundtable | Kenosha, WI

Remarks by President Trump during emergency operations center tour | Kenosha, WI

Remarks by President Trump during survey of property damage | Kenosha, WI

September 2

Memorandum on reviewing funding to state and local government recipients that are permitting anarchy, violence, and destruction in American cities

President Donald J. Trump is combating lawlessness in America’s cities

September 3

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

September 4

Remarks by President Trump in press briefing

OMB memo instructing federal agencies to end racial sensitivity trainings

September 11

Taxpayers paid more than $1 million for barrier erected around White House amid protests (via thedailybeast.com, with links to contract 1, contract 2, contract 3, and contract 4)

September 16

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

September 17

Remarks by President Trump at the White House Conference on American History

September 22

Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

President Trump is fighting harmful ideologies that cause division in our federal workplaces

September 23

Remarks by President Trump in press briefing

September 24

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Remarks by President Trump before Marine One departure

Remarks by Vice President Pence at a Made in America event

September 30

Remarks by President Trump before Marine One departure

October 1

Press briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Remarks by Vice President Pence at Faith in Leadership: The Need for Revival | Des Moines, IA

October 10

Remarks by President Trump at a peaceful protest for law and order