New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said "no thank you" to President Trump's threat to mobilize US troops to deal with the widespread unrest followed by the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck as he was being arrested.
"The President wants to re-create reality here," Cuomo told CNN's Erin Burnett. "Even the pictures from Washington, DC, you had a number of protesters. They were peaceful protesters. They were young people, largely a white crowd in Washington, DC, who are offended at what they saw with the Floyd murder, which they should be."
Trump said from the Rose Garden Monday that he was committed to upholding laws and mobilizing military resources to end nationwide looting.
Cuomo insisted that they are individuals who are "destructive," but are a "small minority" of the demonstrators.
"The looting, the criminal activity is intolerable, and from a law enforcement point of view you need to weed them out, but they are intermingled with protesters," Cuomo said. "But what the President today did was he called out the American military against American citizens."