Donald Trump has said he found the sight of the National Guard using tear gas on Black Lives Matter protesters a ‘beautiful scene.’
Speaking at an event in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, the president shared his views on protests held in Minneapolis in the wake of George Floyd’s death, and the subsequent efforts made by the Minnesota National Guard to restore order.
‘It was like a miracle. Just everything stopped. I’ll never forget the scene, it’s not supposed to be a beautiful scene but to me it was. After you watch policemen run out of a police precinct.
‘And it wasn’t their fault, they wanted to do what they had to do but they weren’t allowed to do anything but they were running down the street, they weren’t allowed to do what they’re trained to do and they took over the precinct, they essentially burned it down.
‘And yes there was some tear gas and probably some other things. And the crowd dispersed and they went through. ‘By the end of the evening… everything was fine and you didn’t hear about that location having problems anymore.’
A video of the president’s comments was obtained by The Washington Post. Trump also said he wanted police reforms to push officers to show ‘compassion with force,’ while rejecting calls to defund police forces across the country.