- The Associated Press and CBS News reported that the president said "most of you are weak" to the governors on the call, adding, "if you don't dominate you're wasting your time."
- Over the weekend, Trump tweeted in favor of law enforcement taking violent measures against riots.
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President Donald Trump laid the blame on governors for the unrest spreading across the nation in a Monday morning conference call, strongly urging state leaders to crack down on violent protests and saying "most of you are weak."
The Associated Press and CBS News reported that Trump, who has tweeted in favor of law enforcement taking forceful measures against riots, said to governors: "You have to dominate, if you don't dominate you're wasting your time. They're going to run over you, you're going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate."
Trump did not publicly address the nation during a weekend of civil unrest and violence across the country.
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