(PresidentialWire.com)- President Donald Trump is considering using the Insurrection Act of 1807 to quell the ongoing violence across the United States, according to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. The firebrand press secretary told the media on Monday that the president would be willing to invoke the act, which allows him to deploy U.S. troops onto American soil to stop the violence, though that he would rather use the national guard instead.
The announcement came on the same day that President Donald Trump gave a historic speech outside of the White House calling on governors across the country to request support from the National Guard. He told governors that if they are unwilling to request the support from the National Guard, he will send in the military instead.
“It’s one of the tools available, whether the president decides to do that, that is his prerogative,” McEnany said during the press conference, in reference to the 200-year-old legislation.
The law has been used in the past. President George H.W. Bush used the Insurrection Act to send in America troops during the 1992 Rodney King riots that destroyed much of Los Angeles.
McEnany also stressed to the media that under the Constitution, the governors have the power to police violent protests in their states and that the first port of call is ensuring that governors use that power to keep their residents safe. Governors can request support from the National Guard immediately and while some have, many Democratic governors are still refusing to request support.
“Right now we’re looking on a focus on the National Guard, that’s where it currently stands,” she explained.
After President Trump gave his speech calling on governors to do the right thing and protect the American people, he refused to take questions from the press and said he would go to pay his respects to somewhere very special. He then walked across the White House lawn to the “Church of the Presidents,” the 200-year-old St. John’s Church that was set on fire during the riots.
President Donald Trump held up a bible in front of the church.