WATCH: Trump Vows to END Rioting In Rousing Speech to the Nation

( On Monday, President Donald Trump condemned the violence committed by far-left activists and anarchists all over the weekend. What started as peaceful protests against the death of George Floyd, who was killed when a police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes, quickly escalated into violence and looting.

In a speech on the White House lawn, President Donald Trump told the nation’s governors to use their powers to request assistance from the National Guard to quell the violence, and promised to send in the military if they do not take action.

“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people,” President Trump said in the speech. “I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do.”

As he was giving the speech, the sound of flash grenades in the surrounding areas could be heard as police officers fought with rioters. The protesters were pushed and forced out of Lafayette Park, clearing the way for President Trump who would soon be walking through it.

The president ended his speech by saying he will stop the violence. “We will end it now,” he said.

“If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” he added.

The president told the media he would not be taking any questions and would be making his way to pay respects at a very special place. He walked across Lafayette Park and stood in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, also known as the President’s Church, which was set on fire by protesters over the weekend.

President Trump stood in front of the burned church holding a bible, and telling the media that America is the greatest country in the world and that the country would bounce back from this crisis.