CNN Reporters Arrested During Protests in Minnesota, Trump Campaign Responds
Protests in Minnesota flare up amid death of George Floyd
The campaign said Omar Jimenez and his crew were "outrageously" arrested as they reported on the riots in the city.
The Trump campaign wrote on Twitter:
"Mayor Frey & Gov Walz have completely lost control in Minneapolis in a catastrophic display of failed leadership."
"The city is on fire & they outrageously arrested a CNN crew. [Trump] called in DOJ to investigate George Floyd’s death. Clear-eyed"
The Trump campaign's tweet was a rare show of solidarity with the network, which is often criticized by Trump for publishing fake news.
"For us, it was literally a situation of tell me who you are as far as identification purposes, then they left. They came back and said you’re with CNN, correct? Yes. And then we explained the two other team members that were with me. Three, including the security that we had hired for this. They left. Came back," he said.
"Then led us out of the van we were inside the van handcuffed the whole time. We were sat down. Waited for a bit more. From there, that was when they eventually came back with our belonging that is they had confiscated over the course of this."
"They unclipped our handcuffs, and then that is when we were led out. Again, to answer your question, there was no sort of, sorry, this is a big misunderstanding," Jimenez added.
Anchor John Berman said Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz received the arrests as "totally unacceptable."
Mayor Frey & Gov Walz have completely lost control in Minneapolis in a catastrophic display of failed leadership.— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) May 29, 2020
The city is on fire & they outrageously arrested a CNN crew.@realDonaldTrump called in DOJ to investigate George Floyd’s death.
Clear-eyed justice must be served! https://t.co/QvA6zvYGuu
The protests flared up following the death of Floyd after he was pinned to the ground by a white officer's knee.
Video of the incident sparked massive outrage across the US.
Trump accused Mayor Jacob Frey of not doing enough to stop the riots.
"I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis," Trump tweeted.
"A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," he added.
"These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty, and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!"
I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
Twitter hid the second tweet under a warning label claiming it was "glorifying violence."