In an exclusive interview with Fox News host Harris Faulkner, President Donald Trump sent a clear message to officials in Washington State amid violent riots in Seattle sparked by anarchist-militant groups, saying he will take action if they don’t.
“If there were more toughness, it wouldn’t have the kind of devastation that you had in Minneapolis and then Seattle, Trump explained. “I mean let’s see what’s going on in Seattle. I will tell you if they don’t straighten that situation out, we’re going to straighten it out.”
He added, “What I mean is very simple: we’re not gonna let Seattle be occupied by anarchists. And I’m not calling them protestors.”
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 12, 2020
Anarchists took control of an area of the city earlier this week declaring it free of police, an “autonomous zone.” The Seattle Police Department and its Democrat lawmakers gave up the area to the anarchist groups, including Antifa.
“We’re not gonna let this happen in Seattle. If we have to go in, we’re gonna go in,” Trump said, adding that the State’s Governor Jay Inslee has National Guard troops available if need be.
“One way or another it’s gonna get done. These people are not gonna occupy a major portion of a great city,” Trump concluded.
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Just before 12:15 am Wednesday morning, an arsonist set fire to the 50-foot tree in front of Fox News’ Midtown headquarters on 6th avenue. The suspect, a 49-year-old with three prior arrests, was quickly caught and taken into custody.
The man has two previous arrests for drug possession and one for public intoxication. The motive is unclear, and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said detectives are looking into whether mental illness was a factor.
“The suspect is identified as 49-year-old Craig Tamanaha, who is homeless, with a last known address in Brooklyn” reports ABC 7 New York. Police said the suspect climbed up “the metal superstructure” underneath the artificial tree and lit papers he had brought with him on fire, then shoved the papers into the tree structure.
He then climbed down and watched from the street level as it burned, and he was spotted by building security who pointed the man out to police officers posted in nearby Rockefeller Center,” reports ABC.
A lighter was found in his possession, and he has been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, arson, criminal nuisance, endangering others, criminal trespass, criminal tampering and disorderly conduct.
Fox says it will rebuild the tree, which took more than 21 hours to assemble and consisted of 10,000 glass ornaments and 100,000 lights.
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