WASHINGTON, DC: US President Donald Trump on Monday (Jun 1) urged state governors to crack down on protests over racial inequality that have engulfed the nation''s cities, as officials extended curfews to prevent a seventh night of looting and vandalism.


Residents and business owners in cities from New York to Santa Monica, California, spent Monday sweeping up broken glass and taking stock of damage after protests over excessive police force against African Americans turned violent again overnight.


"You have to dominate," Trump told the governors in a private call obtained by media including Reuters. "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."


Trump said the federal government was going to clamp down "very strong" on the violence.


Dozens of cities across the United States remain under curfews at a level not seen since riots following the 1968 assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. The National Guard deployed in 23 states and Washington, DC.


Curfews were extended in Washington, DC, where authorities fought to put out fires near the White House overnight; in Minnesota, which has experienced some of the worst violence, and in Los Angeles.


One person was killed in Louisville, Kentucky, overnight where police and National Guard troops returned fire while trying to disperse a crowd. Police in Chicago, the country''s third-largest city, fielded more than 10,000 calls for looting, Mayor Lori Lightfoot told a briefing.


The unrest, which erupted as the country was easing lengthy lockdowns to stop the spread of the coronavirus, began with peaceful protests over the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis last Monday.




Terrence Floyd, the victim''s brother, told the gathering he wanted people to get educated, vote and not destroy their own communities. "Let''s do this another way," he said.


The US Justice Department has directed the Bureau of Prisons to send riot-control teams to Miami and Washington, DC, to help manage the protests, a senior department official told reporters.


Department investigators are interviewing people arrested during protests who might face federal charges for such offenses as crossing state lines to incite violence, the official said.


"These are terrorists ... They''re Antifa and they''re the radical left," Trump told the governors, referring to the shorthand name for a loosely organised movement of anti-fascists but without offering evidence.

特朗普對州長們說:“他們是恐怖分子。。。 他們是反法西斯分子,他們是激進的左派,”特朗普指的是組織松散的反法西斯運動的簡稱,但沒有提供證據。

Critics accuse the Republican president, who is seeking re-election in November, of stoking conflict and racial tension rather than seeking to bring the country together and address the underlying issues.


Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, critical of Trump''s handling of the crisis, met black community leaders in a church and said he would create a police oversight board within his first 100 days in the White House.