Trump pledges to restore ‘law and order’ in Wisconsin amid protests
U.S. President Donald Trump injected himself into the unrest roiling Kenosha, Wisconsin, tweeting that he was sending federal troops to the site of protests that have occured every day since the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by a police officer on Sunday.
It was not immediately clear, however, what the size or scope of the potential federal intervention would be, and Trump's statement was not consistent with an announcement made by the governor.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement that he was authorizing 500 members of the Wisconsin National Guard to deploy to Kenosha to aid local law enforcement there. The statement made no mention of federal intervention or of any communication with the White House, US News reported.
Trump said in his tweet that Evers agreed to allow federal law enforcement into the state on a phone call with White House officials.
"We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!)" Trump said.
"TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!" he said.