Trump, Illinois governor spar during call over get-tough talk

CHICAGO, Illinois: A conversation during which President Donald Trump urged US state governors to crack down on nationwide protests became testy on Monday when Illinois governor J B Pritzker accused Trump of making the situation worse.

Trump, who last week tweeted “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” urged governors to get tough on disturbances following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody in Minneapolis. A white officer has been charged.

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In a recording of the conference call heard by Reuters, Trump said: "You have to dominate, if you dont dominate youre wasting your time. Theyre going to run over you, youre going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate."

Near the end of the nearly hour-long call, Pritzker, a Democrat, challenged the Republican president.

He called some of Trump's public statements inflammatory and unhelpful to governors and mayors trying, not always with success, to keep peaceful protests from boiling over into violence and looting.

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"The rhetoric thats been coming out of the White House has been making it worse," Pritzker said on the call. "Weve got to have national leadership in calling for calm."

"I dont like your rhetoric much either," Trump replied, adding that Floyd's death was "horrible" and that he had spoken of it "with great cRead More – Source