PRESIDENT Donald Trump said he is taking action against "liberal left-wing Democrats who've lost control of cities" in Black Lives Matter protests.
When speaking at a briefing with the Department of Justice on Wednesday, Trump slammed "left-wing" people "running cities" for "not doing the job they're supposed to be doing," Fox News reported.
He vowed to take action.
"It’s not a very tough job to do, if they knew what they were doing, so we’ll be talking about that next week,” Trump said.
“We’ll probably have an announcement as to what we’re planning to do to help them.”
He added that the leaders "don't want to ask" for help and suggested they might be "proud.
Trump said: "We’re going to straighten things out.”
He listed Seattle and Minneapolis among some of the cities he thinks have been "run very poorly."
"They are like war zones,” Trump said.
“And if the cities are not going to straighten out, or local politicians … they’re all Democrats.”
“They’re all liberal, left-wing Democrats,” he added. “And it’s almost like they think it is going to be this way forever.”
Protests erupted following the death of George Floyd.
Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died after Minneapolis, Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck during an arrest.
Video of the incident showed Floyd said "I can't breathe" multiple times – but Chauvin did not move his knee.
Public outrage was sparked following the incident, and at least 140 cities across the nation saw protests.
Protests across the nation have been largely peaceful.
Several cities, however, did see escalated incidents amid demonstrations.
Seattle saw a 525 percent surge in violent crime from June 2 to 30 compared to the same period last year.
Amid protests, demonstrators occupied an area and set up camps in what became known as "CHOP" – or the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone.
As the area was occupied, there were two fatal shootings on June 20 and 29, leading to the death of two African Americans.
The area was cleared in the beginning of July with an executive order from Mayor Jenny Durkan.
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Some cars in Minneapolis, Minnesota – the city where George Floyd died – saw cop cars and buildings lit on fire.
The city launched an 8pm curfew amid demonstrations, and the National Guard was called in by Gov. Tim Walz.
New York City also saw had what became known as the "City Hall Autonomous Zone" – where demonstrators occupied downtown Manhattan's City Hall.