'You have to dominate': Trump tells mayors and governors 'most of you are weak' during teleconference 'rant' about unrest
Angry Donald Trump yells at reporters at the White House following Robert Mueller's testimony (screen grab)

President Donald Trump scolded the nation's mayors and governors for the unrest in the wake of several deaths of unarmed Black people by police and "wannabe police."


Speaking on a conference call, Trump told the group, "the only time it's successful is when you’re weak and most of you are weak."

He went on to tell the group that they must start arresting people or protesters will "run over you."

"You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you, you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate," Trump said.

He reportedly went on to call them "fools."

It prompted one governor's aide to describe it as a "rant."

He then issued a warning for what might happen in Washington, D.C.

"We're doing it in Washington, DC. We're going to do something that people haven't seen before," Trump vowed.

"Mr. Trump, who has not addressed the nation since the unrest began, said he was putting Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “in charge,” but did not immediately specify what that meant or if he would deploy the military to quell the violence in the nation’s cities," the New York Times later reported.

"You know when they have bricks...and they have other things and they throw them, you know you're allowed to fight back," Trump also said. "I'm not asking my attorney general, perhaps he'll stop me from saying that."

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