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Trump calls for National Guard in NYC following looting, violence

America Protests New York
Posted at 4:23 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 16:25:28-04

NEW YORK CITY — President Donald Trump called for the National Guard to be deployed to New York City on Tuesday following another night of looting and violence.

The president highlighted the looting of Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square, one of the city's most iconic landmarks.

“Macy’s at 34th. Street, long the largest single department store anywhere in the world, & a point of pride in NYC, was devastated yesterday when hoodlums and thieves vandalized it, breaking almost all of its large panels of storefront glass. What a shame. Bring in National Guard!” Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

The violence, fires and destruction in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx Monday night overshadowed peaceful daytime demonstrations over the police custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

In Manhattan, a massive crowd rallied in Times Square Monday afternoon before peacefully marching through the streets.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo imposed an 11 p.m. curfew for Monday night, but enough mayhem happened before the curfew took effect that the mayor tweeted it would move up to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew has now been extended through Sunday.

Still, de Blasio has rejected pressure from Trump and Cuomo to bring in the National Guard to quell criminal activity.