Trump urges NYC to activate National Guard in response to unrest

Trump urges NYC to activate National Guard in response to unrest
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE on Tuesday called on New York City to bring in the National Guard to quash protests after businesses were vandalized and looted a night earlier.

Trump, a native New Yorker, mocked Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew Jersey to require masks outdoors New York City schools will reopen, limiting attendance to 1 to 3 days a week Watch live: NY Gov. Cuomo holds press briefing on coronavirus MORE (D) and his brother, CNN anchor Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoTrump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record CNN's Chris Cuomo lauds brother in panned interview: 'You're both awful' Ken Burns: 'Confederate monuments have to go' MORE, in a tweet before urging the city to activate the National Guard.

"The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast! Don’t make the same horrible and deadly mistake you made with the Nursing Homes!!!" Trump tweeted, a reference to the high rate of infections and deaths from coronavirus in the state's nursing homes.

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Trump in an earlier tweet complained that the governor "refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard" before claiming Chris Cuomo's ratings were down.

The tweets were the latest instance of Trump pushing for state and local leaders to involve the National Guard and come down on protesters with a show of force. Earlier Tuesday morning, Trump hailed the "domination" of protesters in the nation's capital, where military police used tear gas and helicopters to disperse crowds before making arrests.

The National Guard is on standby in New York, but has not been activated. Trump on Monday urged governors nationwide to "dominate" their streets with National Guard deployments. If they refused, he said, he would send troops to American cities.

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New York City imposed an 11 p.m. curfew Monday in an attempt to prevent protests from getting out of hand. While many demonstrators remained peaceful, the scene devolved into chaos as the evening wore on as looters broke into stores in Manhattan and vandalized businesses.

"There are justified peaceful protests across the state tonight," the governor tweeted on Monday. "But there are also people criminally exploiting this pain and this moment. We will not tolerate it."

The city announced Tuesday that an 8 p.m. curfew would remain in effect for the rest of the week.