After days of escalation across the country, President Donald Trump announced Monday that the "lawlessness" across the country "will end now." Governors must use "overwhelming law enforcement" presence to "dominate the streets."
And if they fail to do so or refuse, the president said he will "deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them."
"A number of state and local governments have failed to safeguard their residents ... This is why I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America," he said. "I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military to stop the rioting and looting ... to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including you Second Amendment rights."
It was not immediately clear whether the president was invoking or planning to invoke the Insurrection Act. He did not mention the law specifically.
Trump's remarks from the Rose Garden Monday evening came hours after reports from CNN that 200 to 250 active-duty military police were en route to Washington, D.C. from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The Pentagon has not confirmed these movements, but the president claimed to have dispatched "thousands upon thousands" of soldiers to the nation's "great capital."
"As I speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers and military personnel" to stop rioting, looting and "wanton destruction," Trump said.
Trump's call for active-duty mobilization comes in addition to the already-activated 17,000 National Guard troops in 23 states in response to the protests which started last week after the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer.
"America is founded on the rule of law," he said. "Where there is no law, there is no opportunity. Where there is no justice, there is no liberty. Where there is no safety, there is no future."