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!"
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
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."
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."
Audio recording of call with governors (via Washington Post)
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?"
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."
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 "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..."
Trump tweets intent to campaign against Senator Murkowski, following her support of Mattis' statement on Trump (audio via NBC News)
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."
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..."
Trump interview with Harris Faulkner of Fox News (via YouTube)
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..."
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!"
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!"
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."
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."
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"
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."
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!
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!!!"
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!"
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 "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!"
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
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!"
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!"
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..."
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!"
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!"
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!"
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."
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!)..."
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?"
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 "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! ..."
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..."
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)
April 21, 2021