Trump urges Minneapolis mayor to 'get tough and fight'

President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE told Minneapolis Mayor Jacob FreyJacob FreyMinneapolis police fatally shoot man during traffic stop, chief to release body cam footage Minneapolis vows to ramp up police misconduct investigations Minneapolis City Council approves police budget cuts, staffing levels unchanged MORE (D) to “get tough and fight” as he seeks to address massive unrest in his city following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man who died in an encounter with police this week. 

"Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis will never be mistaken for the late, great General Douglas McArthur or great fighter General George Patton," Trump wrote in a series of tweets Saturday afternoon.

"How come all of these places that defend so poorly are run by Liberal Democrats? Get tough and fight (and arrest the bad ones)?" the president added.


Nearly 50 people were arrested Friday night in Minneapolis after thousands took to the streets despite Frey issuing a citywide curfew.

The order took effect Friday at 8 p.m. and extended until 6 a.m. on Saturday, with no travel or gatherings in public allowed. The same curfew is in place for Saturday evening.

Minnesota Gov. Tim WalzTim WalzOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden EPA asks Justice Dept. to pause defense of Trump-era rules | Company appeals rejection of Pebble Mine | Energy pick Granholm to get hearing Wednesday Minnesota governor to deploy National Guard to protect state capitol ahead of inauguration Eight governors call on feds to immediately send out vaccine doses now in reserve MORE, another Democrat, ordered the full mobilization of the state’s National Guard on Saturday morning after multiple instances of looting and arson in the city the night before. The move will bring the number of soldiers patrolling Minneapolis to around 1,700.


Trump's tweet Saturday swiping at Frey followed another he had sent early Friday morning in which he decried what he called a "total lack of leadership" in Minneapolis and called on the mayor to "get his act together and bring the City under control."

Frey pushed back during a later press conference, saying that "weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis."

"Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis," Frey said. "We are strong as hell. This is a difficult time, yes, but you better be damn sure that we’re going to get through this."

Floyd’s death sparked demonstrations across the country, including in Washington, D.C., where protesters gathered in front of the White House on Friday evening.

The White House went into a brief lockdown as a result of the protests, where demonstrators clashed with local police and Secret Service guards.