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America, champion of democracy, reels in pain

Trump vows to deploy military to halt rioting and looting

U.S. President Donald Trump walks out of the Oval Office at the White House on June 1 to deliver a statement in the Rose Garden on the ongoing protests.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he would deploy the military if cities and states do not stop the rioting and looting that has spread across America as protests over the death of an African American man in Minnesota escalate.

"The Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial have been vandalized," Trump said in a hastily arranged Rose Garden address. "One of our most historic churches was set ablaze. A federal officer in California, an African American enforcement hero, was shot and killed."

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