Troops poised to deploy in nation's capital

Active duty Army troops are prepared to come to the nation’s capital after President Trump told Republican and Democratic governors on a call that they should “dominate” with more arrests.
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Good evening. And it's great to have you with us on a Monday night. We begin with the president set to speak at the white house, amid word active duty police units are getting ready to be in the Washington, D.C., area and some of the demonstrations taking a violent turn, largely after nightfall. Some of it in front of the white house, protesting the death of George Floyd. ABC news reporting that the president spent some time in a bunker. And National Guard troops already pulling up outside the white house. And the troops from ft. Bragg expected overnight. And this is what came close to home for the president. Police in riot gear using tear gas on protesters across from the white house. This frightening scene on a Minneapolis highway, a semi truck speeding toward hundreds of protesters. Miraculously, no one seriously hurt. Police and protesters injured in clashes. Three people arrested in new York City, accused of throwing a molotov cocktail at a police car with officers inside. Two of these arrested are lawyers. Involving two college students, officers roughly pulling them out, using a stun gun. And tonight, the conversation between president trump and the nation's governors. Accusing them of being weak, telling them to dominate the protesters. A lot to get to tonight. We begin with ABC's Jonathan Karl. Reporter: Just a short while ago, I saw the large military vehicles rolling down Pennsylvania avenue. A show of force, right in front of the white house. As the president prepares to address the nation from the rose garden. After a weekend of rage outside the white house, today the president unloaded in a conference call with governors of both parties. He urged them to, quote, "Dominate" violent protesters and riots. We're strongly looking for arrests. You have to get much tougher, you're going to get overridden. You have to dominate. If you don't dominate, you're wasting your time. They're gonna run over you. You're gonna look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate. And you have to arrest people, and you have to try people, and they have to go to jail for long periods of time. Reporter: On the call, the secretary of defense described America's cities as a, quote, "Battlespace." The sooner that you mass and dominate the battlespace, the quicker this dissipates. Reporter: Over and over again, the president called on the governors to deploy national Guard troops in large numbers to impose order. It's like we're talking about a war, which it is a war, in a certain sense, and we're going to end it fast, so be tough. Reporter: His voice rising, the president told the governors flat out, "Most of you are weak," blaming them for letting the violence spiral out of control. It was incredible what happened. In the state of Minnesota, they were a laughingstock all over the world. I've never seen anything like it, and the whole world was laughing. Reporter: On the call, Illinois governor J.P. Pritzker took the president to task over his rhetoric. I've been extraordinarily concerned about the rhetoric that's been used by you. It's been inflammatory and it's not okay for that officer to choke George Floyd to death. We've called out our national Guard and our state police but the rhetoric that's coming out of the white house is making it worse. People are feeling real pain out there. Okay, well thank you very much, J.B. I don't like your rhetoric much either. Because I watched it with respect to the coronavirus, and I don't like your rhetoric much either. A very tense call between the president and the governors. And Jon, one of the Republican governors pushing back? Reporter: Governor Charlie baker, the Republican governor of Massachusetts talked about the president's use of the words, dominate. He said, I know I should be surprised when I hear incendiary words from him but I'm not. At times in the past weeks, compassion was nowhere to be found. Instead, bitterness, and self-interest. Saying that from the president is not what Massachusetts and the country needs. Jon. Thank you. As for the U.S. Military moving in from ft. Bragg, let's

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