AUGUSTA – Gov. Janet Mills publicly responded to President Trump’s comments during a phone call with the country’s 50 governors Monday morning.
She said in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and the protests that followed, President Trump lashed out unexpectedly.
In the call, Mills said. President Trump told the governors to dominate the streets, towns and people.
“Instead of hearing the cries of justice from concerned Americans, instead of offering a path forward for meaningful change, the president instead lashed out at anger at everybody, with no empathy for those calling out injustice,” she said.
In light of the president’s comments, Mills asked Trump not to come to Maine this Friday to visit Puritan Medical Products in Guilford.
She said his presence could invite people from out of the state that could increase security risks and unrest.
“The response I heard from Attorney General Barr was, ‘We’ll tell the people who needs to know.’ And I said, ‘I‘m the governor. I‘m the one who needs to know. If there are people planning to come to our state who shouldn’t be here because they have ill will or violent intentions, I would like to know,” she said.
She said both the tone and the substance of the president’s comments were troubling.