The President's declaration came as hundreds of National Guard troops were driven into the White House complex during the afternoon, as police moved to enforce a new 7 pm curfew in the city.
Even before the curfew began, security forces used pepper balls, tear gas, and flash bang grenades to move protestors even further away from the White House.
Democrats denounced the President's declaration.
“The fascist speech Donald Trump just delivered verged on a declaration of war against American citizens,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).
“These are not the words of a President,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). “They are the words of a dictator.”
“Unleashing state violence on American protesters to create political theater for a photo op isn’t law and order, it’s a betrayal of everything our country stands for,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA).
"The military should not be used against the American people," said Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ).