"If there were more toughness, you wouldn't have the kind of devastation that you had in Minneapolis and in Seattle. I mean, let's see what's going on in Seattle," President Trump Fox News' Harris Faulkner in an exclusive interview Thursday. "I will tell you, if they don't straighten that situation out, we're going to straighten it out."
The president also described Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's handling of the situation as "pathetic," and asked "Has she ever done this before?" He also called on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to send in National Guard troops to restore order.
"He's got great National Guard troops so he can do it," Trump said of Inslee. "But one way or the other, it's going to get done. These people are not going to occupy a major portion of a great city.
Faulkner asked Trump to explain what he means when he describes himself as a "law and order president."
"Well, we are going to do lots of things, good things, but we also have to keep our police and our law enforcement strong," the president answered. "They have to do it right. They have to be trained in a proper manner. They have to do it right. Again, the sad thing is that they are very professional.
"But when you see an event like that, with the more than eight minutes of horror -- that's eight minutes truly of horror, a disgrace," Trump said of video showing then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck on May 25.
"Then people start saying, 'Well, are all police like that?' They don't know," he added. "Maybe they don't think about it that much. It doesn't make any difference. The fact is they start saying, 'Well, police are like that.' Police aren't like that. I mean, I've seen so many incredible things that they do. But you don't see that ... You don't put it on television."