President Trump said Thursday in an exclusive interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News that the White House had notified Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan that it would send federal forces to dismantle the infamous “CHOP” protest zone, but local police He entered before we got there. “
“We were going in, we were going in very soon,” Trump said in “Hannity.” “We let them know that and all of a sudden they didn’t want that. They went in before we got there, but we were going to go in very soon, very soon, and we would have taken the ‘CHOP’. … they came back very easily, but they went in and, frankly, people just gave up. They were tired. They had it for a long period of time. “
SEATTLE POLICE RETAKE STATIONHOUSE IN ‘CHOP’ FOLLOWING DURKAN ORDERS
Seattle police forcibly cleared the “CHOP” area on July 1 after weeks of protests that culminated in two fatal shootings, forcing the city’s Democratic leaders to act after weeks of mounting scrutiny.
“We were ready to go to Seattle. Frankly, I was looking forward to it.”
Trump repeatedly offered to deploy the National Guard, vowing not to “let Seattle be occupied by anarchists” and threatening to “straighten it out” if local leaders failed to do so. After Durkan’s repeated objections, Trump said he was prepared to take matters into his own hands.
“We were ready to go to Seattle,” he said. “Frankly, I was looking forward to it.”
SEATTLE PADRE LUNA LOSS OF KILLED CHILD IN ‘CHOP’ CALL FROM TRUMP
The day after Seattle police claimed the “CHOP” area on Durkan’s orders, Trump personally contacted the father of a 19-year-old boy who was shot to death in the area.
Horace Lorenzo Anderson Sr. had made a heartbreaking appearance in “Hannity” describing his experience since the death of his son on June 20.
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Trump said he invited Anderson to visit the White House “when things turn out”, telling Hannity that his position “is very hard. I mean, what is happening is very difficult and he was treated very badly.”
“They didn’t even tell him what happened when it happened,” added the president. “A very sad thing, but I talked to him and had a great but very sad conversation, and then … when he’s ready, he will go to the White House.”