Michigan: Trump says Whitmer should 'make a deal' with protesters

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President made remark one day after some demonstrators who entered statehouse were armed with automatic rifles
A day after armed protesters against Michigan's stay-at-home order entered the statehouse in Lansing, Donald Trump once again expressed support for the rightwing movement.

Michigan's Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, should he said "make a deal" with the demonstrators.

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"The governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire," the president wrote in a tweet on Friday morning.

"These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal."

Some of the demonstrators in Lansing on Thursday carried assault rifles, causing alarm among legislators.

Some protesters, many without face coverings, entered the statehouse and demanded to be let on to the House floor, which is not allowed. The gallery was closed to the public to allow room for representatives and reporters to spread apart.

Some demonstrators in the Senate gallery were openly carrying guns, which is legal. One senator said some armed men shouted at her. Some senators wore bulletproof vests.

Shanon Banner, a state police spokeswoman, estimated there were 400 to 700 protesters and said they were "peaceful" overall. People who did not wear masks or distance themselves were not issued tickets. One was arrested, for assaulting another protester.

Speakers took turns addressing a crowd on the statehouse lawn and drivers leaned on their horns, a repeat of what occurred on 15 April but not close to the thousands who participated in vehicles that…
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