Trump Rejects Gov. Walz’s Request for Federal Support to Rebuild Minneapolis from Riots


President Donald Trump has rejected Gov. Tim Walz’s request for federal financial assistance to help rebuild portions of the Twin Cities that were destroyed by rioting.

Nearly 1,500 Twin Cities businesses were vandalized, burned, or looted during the late May riots, with current estimates of the damage exceeding $500 million.

Walz asked President Trump on July 2 to “declare a major disaster for the State of Minnesota because of extensive fire damage to public infrastructure caused by civil unrest.” Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would have reimbursed local governments for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and damage to public buildings, Walz’s office said.

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN-06) confirmed on Twitter Friday evening that the president had rejected Walz’s request for federal aid. Emmer said he has asked the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to investigate “how half of a billion dollars in damage was done without an appropriate response from our local leaders.”

Teddy Tschann, Walz’s spokesperson, told The Star Tribune that the “governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support.”

“As we navigate one of the most difficult periods in our state’s history, we look for support from our federal government to help us through,” Tschann said.

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN-03) criticized the rejection on Twitter Saturday afternoon.

“We are the seventh-least federally dependent state in America. We subsidize most states. The Trump administration just turned down Gov. Tim Walz’s request for disaster relief after the riots. Our congressional delegation should be unified for Minnesota – not against Minnesota,” he said.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said federal support is crucial because local government budgets have been stretched thin by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The people and businesses who make Minneapolis the state’s cultural and economic engine are hurting,” he said. “National leaders need to step up for our residents amid a historically difficult period.”

Some national Republicans were pleased with Trump’s decision to deny the governor’s request for federal funds.

“Governors and Mayors who ordered police to stand down and watch their cities burn shouldn’t get a penny in taxpayer aid,” said Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC-03).

State lawmakers are expected to address the issue of rebuilding from the riots during a special session that is scheduled to begin Monday.

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of The Minnesota Sun and The Ohio Star. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Minnesota Riot Damage” by Fibonacci Blue. CC BY 2.0.







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7 Thoughts to “Trump Rejects Gov. Walz’s Request for Federal Support to Rebuild Minneapolis from Riots”

  1. Tina

    You stood up to them! Governor Walz, the Mayor and even a Congress woman said stand down when their job is to serve and protect and uphold the law and you still told them to stand down. Your officers obeyed you so you got what you got. It was a terrible thing that happened there but your ignorance helped none and you’re expecting us to rebuild your city when you let it happen. Yes I said when YOU let it happen. It’s not going to happen. I’m proud of our president for not being a politician. Get BLM back in there. They destroyed it, let them fix it. Don’t you remember being told as a child, for every action there is a consequence. And So It goes…it is watch it is.
    To the other commenters so far, your comments were spot on!

  2. Denise

    I am thinking the state should bring back the chain gang made up of those who contributed to the destruction while continuing to try to identify & arrest those they do find & add them to the chain gang. I know it is impossible to gather everyone but it is a start. You broke it you fix it.

  3. Linda price

    Well, their local congress woman wanted to disband the police. Maybe they should ask her to help pay out of her pocket. The police were told to stand down. So live with the consequences.

  4. Greg Conner

    This is totally inconceivable. How can this governor ask for my tax dollars when THEY allowed this to happen. Civil unrest really. No it was not civil unrest. It was out right domestic terrorism because of two words racial injustice. Governor. I have no sympathy for you, your state, and your legislative body. This did not have to go this far.

  5. Teresa

    Make the rioters rebuild. Board by board. Let BLM clean up their own mess. Than lock them up.

  6. tony robinson

    Good for our President! The Mayor and Governor let this damage happen, so why should us taxpayers pay for the damage they allowed to happen.

  7. Joe_H

    Just leave it the way it is. Don’t rebuild. Designate it as the George Floyd Memorial Park. What happened to George Floyd was tragic and never should have happened. The burning and looting was disgusting and never should have happened, but could have been stopped.