On Monday, Donald Trump vowed to invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act, which gives him the power to deploy the U.S. military in an effort to deal with the ongoing riots and demonstrations across the country, ABC News reports

"I am mobilizing all federal and local resources, civilian and military, to protect the rights of law abiding Americans," Trump said. "If a city or state refuses to take the actions 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."

Protests have occurred in multiple cities and states in response to the killing of George Floyd. The Insurrection Act was last invoked in 1992 in response to the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. 

NBC News reports that before troops can be deployed, Trump is required to issue a proclamation first where he would "immediately order the insurgents to disperse and retire peaceably to their abodes within a limited time."

Earlier today, Trump reportedly criticized the state’s governors for coming across as "weak" in their response to protesters over the weekend. "You're making a mistake because you're making yourselves look like fools," he said during a White House teleconference call. "And some have done a great job. But a lot of you, it’s not...it’s not a great day for our country."

A reportedly unhinged Trump stressed that these governors needed to "dominate the streets" and make better use of the National Guard, which were deployed Monday evening in Washington, D.C. to drive away protesters in Lafayette Park through the use of gas prior to Trump's photo opp in front of St. John’s Church. 

“I am the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and was not given even a courtesy call that they would be clearing with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop, holding a Bible, one that declares that God is love and when everything he has said and done is to enflame violence," Right Rev. Mariann Budde said to The Washington Post.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Kaitlan Collins reported that Trump's decision "to be seen outside the White House gates" was allegedly influenced by his anger over news of him hiding in a bunker as protests erupted.