Cuomo condemns Trump’s effort to stop rioting, destruction as ‘photo op’


Thanks, but no thanks.

Gov. Cuomo ripped into President Trump Monday over his promise to use the U.S. military to quell unrest and protests that have erupted over police brutality against African-Americans.

“What the president did today was he called out the American military against American citizens,” he said. That’s what they did. They used the American military to push back a peaceful protest… just so he could have a photo op of walking to a church.”

Earlier, the president gave his first televised comments on the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

Trump threatened to send U.S. troops to disperse “mobs” across the country.

Moments before he spoke, federal police in D.C. used tear gas, rubber bullets and mounted officers to break up a peaceful protest just outside the White House to clear a path for Trump to walk to a nearby church damaged over the weekend.

The president then stood outside the building holding a bible in the air.

Cuomo called the actions “shameful.”

“Is that Americana, is that making America great, I don’t think so,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of things, but I was shocked at what they did. I was shocked at the force they used to move the protesters who could not have been more peaceful.”

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Protests across the nation have been largely peaceful during the day but have devolved into clashes with police, protesters setting fires and looting at night.

Several large cities, New York City included, have instituted curfews in an effort to quell the violence.

Cuomo, who announced earlier in the day that the NYPD was doubling its response to the protests Monday evening, pushed back on the president’s intention to deploy military personnel if civil unrest continues.

“I say thank you, but no thank you,” he said. “The president wants to recreate reality here.”

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