Donald Trump today declared that ‘the National Guard is ready’ as he repeated his threat to send troops to New York City to ‘put down’ the George Floyd protests – but the violence in the city was less severe last night

Donald Trump today declared that ‘the National Guard is ready’ as he repeated his threat to send troops to New York City to ‘put down’ the George Floyd protests – but the violence in the city was less severe last night.   

Thousands ignored mayor Bill de Blasio’s 8pm curfew to continue their demonstrations, but police arrested more than 200 people as night fell and some of the rampant destruction of the previous few days was quelled.  

The calmer scenes were echoed across much of America where protesters once again turned out in force but the confrontations with police were subdued and widespread rioting was limited. 

It followed a day of anger from President Trump’s critics over the way he threatened to deploy the military to quell riots across the US and cleared protesters in Washington DC so he could visit damaged St John’s Episcopal Church.   

He also considered using ‘tanks’ or other armored military vehicles to help restore order in the US after violent protests broke out across the country for a sixth night, defense officials have revealed.

This morning the president repeated his demand for ‘LAW & ORDER!’, urged police to ‘get tough’ and responded to an image of a boarded-up Manhattan with a warning that ‘the National Guard is ready’.  

In New York, De Blasio moved the city’s first curfew since 1943 forward from 11pm but rejected Trump’s urging and an offer car service from manhattan to jfk Governor Andrew Cuomo to bring in the National Guard. 

Looters broke into Zara near the World Trade Center, Nordstrom Rack on 6th Avenue, fought with Guardian Angels at Foot Locker in the East Village and stores were also targeted in Soho again. 

One alleged looter was seen pulling up in a £500,000 Rolls Royce, an NBC producer claimed. 

Saks Fifth Avenue was also surrounded with razor wire after looters ransacked nearby Macy’s the night before. 

As unrest continued for a fifth night, Trump called on officials to enlist the help of the federal government to regain control of the city.

‘New York’s Finest are not being allowed to perform their MAGIC but regardless, and with the momentum that the Radical Left and others have been allowed to build, they will need additional help.

NYC is totally out of control. [De Blasio and Cuomo] MUST PUT DOWN RIOTING NOW!’ he tweeted.

Mayor de Blasio later defended his decision not to deploy National Guard troops, telling CNN their presence could have raised ‘a real risk of violence and someone losing their life.’

He also hit back at New York governor Cuomo who has been highly critical of De Blasio’s approach to controlling the riots.

He said after Tuesday night’s chaos: ‘The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night,’ Cuomo had said at a briefing in Albany. ‘Look at the videos. It was a disgrace.’

De Blasio hit back:’He dishonored the men and women of the NYPD in an absolutely inappropriate way for any leader to do.

Any elected official who blames the NYPD while they were out there fighting in the streets to restore order, protect ‘people — that’s disgraceful.’

He also confirmed Tuesday night saw ‘the highest number of police we have had over the last five days,’ but refused to say how many officers were on the ground.

Protesters leave the Manhattan Bridge after being stopped by police last night during an 8pm curfew which thousands ignored but which was followed by less rampant destruction than on previous days in New York City

Protesters leave the Manhattan Bridge after being stopped by police last night during an 8pm curfew which thousands ignored but which was followed by less rampant destruction than on previous days in New York City 

Donald Trump today declared 'the National Guard is ready' as he repeated his threat to order troops into New York City

Donald Trump today declared ‘the National Guard is ready’ as he repeated his threat to order troops into New York City

Looters broke into Zara near the World Trade Center, Nordstrom Rack on 6th Avenue, fought with Guardian Angels at Foot Locker in the East Village and stores were also targeted in Soho again.

Looters broke into Zara near the World Trade Center, Nordstrom Rack on 6th Avenue, fought with Guardian Angels at Foot Locker in the East Village and stores were also targeted in Soho again. 

People are arrested for looting in New York City last night as police swooped on people who broke the city's curfew

People are arrested for looting in New York City last night as police swooped on people who broke the city’s curfew 

Police officers initially let people continue on their way, while making arrests in others.  Pictured: Four people are handcuffed and detained for violating curfew

Police officers initially let people continue on their way, while making arrests in others.  Pictured: Four people are handcuffed and detained for violating curfew

People are arrested after looting in New York City last night on another day of angry protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week

People are arrested after looting in New York City last night on another day of angry protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week 

Two men hold their hands aloft as protesters are held in place by police on Manhattan Bridge on Tuesday night

Two men hold their hands aloft as protesters are held in place by police on Manhattan Bridge on Tuesday night 

The Empire State Building went dark for a second night in a row in honor of George Floyd, as seen from Weehawken, NJ

The Empire State Building went dark for a second night in a row in honor of George Floyd, as seen from Weehawken, NJ 

Thousands of protesters remained on the streets after the city’s 8pm curfew went into effect.

Pictured: NYPD officers face demonstrators as they continue to rally 

Dozens of protesters and curfew-violators were detained and loaded onto police vans as chaos erupted a fifth night

Dozens of protesters and curfew-violators were detained and loaded onto police vans as chaos erupted a fifth night 

Police began making arrests around 9pm, when peaceful protests turned into chaos on Tuesday night

Police began making arrests around 9pm, when peaceful protests turned into chaos on Tuesday night 

An NBC producer claimed that men were pulling up luxury cars before they appeared to ransack stores in Manhattan during a fifth night of rioting after the killing of George Floyd

An NBC producer claimed that men were pulling up luxury cars before they appeared to ransack stores in Manhattan during a fifth night of rioting after the killing of George Floyd

A demonstrator is detained by a police officer after curfew during a protest against the death of George Floyd

A demonstrator is detained by a police officer after curfew during a protest against the death of George Floyd