Evers Defends Response To Kenosha Riots

In a “Newsmakers” teleconference interview via WisconsinEye on Wednesday, Governor Tony Evers says he spoke with President Donald Trump on the Tuesday following the Sunday shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer.

“I talked to him for five minutes or less. He made the pitch about ‘you know we have to get the National Guard on the ground.’ I said ‘they already are, we’ve met every request.’ And he talked about how important it was in Minnesota having the National Guard. I said ‘yes we already have the National Guard in place.’

Evers said he spoke with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows again the following day, and put him in touch with Wisconsin Adjutant General Paul Knapp to coordinate Guard personnel from other states. There were eventually 4000 Guard members deployed to Kenosha.