Since the video of ex-Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin holding his knee to George Floyd's neck -- which led to his death -- surfaced, clashes and protests have taken over the U.S. with more than 4,400 arrests been made at demonstrations nationwide. When the raging protests reached the White House, Secret Service agents rushed President Donald Trump to a bunker in the executive mansion as protestors threw rocks and attempted to overcome the police barricades.

As per an anonymous Republican, Trump was in the bunker (designed to be used in case of terrorist attacks) for nearly an hour. But White House spokesman Judd Deere has shared that “the White House does not comment on security protocols and decisions.” 

The protests have been going on for almost a week now and Secret Service agents as well as law enforcement officers have been struggling to contain them. 

While he himself sought protection from the raging protests and has been relying on rather inflammatory tweets to address the issue, on June 1, President Donald Trump slammed the nation's governors by calling them "weak". He rebuffed them for having failed to end the violence spreading through their cities.

“Most of you are weak,” Trump said on a conference call. "You have to arrest people."

He went to claim that the protests are being led by "radicals" and "anarchists" who will only stop when the governors of the respective cities take some solid and strict decisions. 

"You have to dominate," he said. "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." Attorney General Bill Barr also seconded the president’s course of action and told governors they have no choice but to “dominate” the streets and “go after troublemakers” to control the situation. 

"Washington was under very good control, but we're going to have it under much more control," Trump said, adding that he is going to amp up the police presence in Washington. "We're going to pull in thousands of people. ... We're going to clamp down very, very strong."

He added: “You have to arrest people. You have to try people. You have to put them in jail for 10 years, and you’ll never see this stuff again. And you have to let them know that.”

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