The United States will Designate Antifa as a Terrorist Organization
"The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization," Trump wrote on Twitter. The president commented after consecutive days of heightened rioting in several major cities after a black man George Floyd died after an officer knelt on his neck for several minutes while detaining him.
Attorney General Bill Barr issued a statement after the president's declaration.
"The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly," he wrote.
Barr also said that 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces would be used to identify "criminal organizers and instigators" fueling the violence.
Trump blamed the violence on "Radical Left Anarchists" thanking the National Guard for helping quell the riots in Minneapolis.
He urged other cities and states to do the same.