Trump, attorney general to meet as USA cities smolder amid protests

Fires burn near White House in violent U.S. protests

The White House on Monday called for "law and order" and blamed agitators for a sixth straight night of violent nationwide USA protests triggered by anger over racial inequities and excessive police force. An unidentified law enforcement official told CNN that First Lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, were also taken to the bunker.

Nervous for his safety, Secret Service agents abruptly rushed the president to the underground bunker used in the past during terrorist attacks.

Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday has sparked protests in several cities across the United States, including Washington DC. The Secret Service said that it does not discuss the methods of its protective operations. Video footage showed a white police officer kneeling on the neck of Floyd, 46, for almost nine minutes before he died.

The arrest of former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, who was charged with third-degree murder in Floyd's case, has not quelled the demonstrations amid calls for the other three officers involved to also be charged. The secret service agents and law enforcement officers found it hard to contain the crowd.

Trump has been widely criticized for his response to the protests that have rocked the nation since video of Floyd's death began spreading on social media.

Protestors gathered outside the White House Friday night, and Trump praised the Secret Service members for keeping people inside the building safe.

On Friday, Trump drew a warning from Twitter and condemnation from Democrats after posting a comment that "looting leads to shooting", suggesting protesters who turned to looting could be fired upon.

"Big crowd, professionally organised, but nobody came close to breaching the fence".

The Washington Post reports that at least 5 people were shot dead across the country.



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