Tuesday Update: President Trump Threatens to Deploy U.S. Military to Cities

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Good morning, it’s Tuesday, June 2. 

Here's your daily coronavirus update.

There are 6.2 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 375,000 deaths.

1.8 million of those cases are in the United States, with around 105,000 deaths, per data from Johns Hopkins.

Brazil now has 526,000 cases, with 29,000 deaths.

Last night, President Donald Trump said that he would send the U.S. military to cities to quell civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes.

Trump urged states to deploy their own forces to tamp down unrest that began late last week and continued through the weekend. Monday’s protests marked seven straight days of protests across the U.S.

"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," Trump said outside the White House.

40 cities imposed curfews Monday, including New York City. NYC enacted a curfew for the first time since 1943.

National Guard members have been activated in 23 states, and Washington D.C.

However, as Jim Cramer said himself on CNBC’s Mad Money last night, “The stock market doesn’t care about social justice.” We seem to be seeing that in the future this morning, with the Dow implied open about 100 points, and the Nasdaq and S&P futures also pointed higher.

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