President Donald Trump ordered the deployment of thousands of heavily armed soldiers and law enforcement to halt violent protests in the U.S. capital on Monday (June 1) and vowed to do the same in other cities if their leaders fail to regain control of the streets.

“Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”

After his brief remarks, Trump walked out of the White House – surrounded by dozens of security personnel – to St. John’s Episcopal Church – which was damaged by fire during protests Sunday night – and stood in front of the boarded-up windows of the church, where he held up a Bible for cameras to see, but took no questions from reporters, before walking back to the White House.

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