During a teleconference Monday morning with the nation’s governors and mayors, President Donald Trump went on an extended rant in which he called the local leaders “weak” and suggested that they have to “dominate'” protesters as a way to control the organized demonstrations going on across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers.

According to CNBC, Trump began his remarks by insisting that failing to heed his suggestions would make state and local leaders look like “jerks” in the long run:

“You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you, you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.

“You’ve got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again.”

The president went on to say that Washington, D.C. was “under very good control,” and then cryptically suggested that it would soon be “under much more control,” adding:

“We’re going to pull in thousands of people.”

It was unclear if Trump meant he would be pulling in additional security forces to the nation’s capitol or was suggesting there would be thousands of arrests of demostrators.

Later in the conversation, the president recommended that protesters be given long sentences as a way to curb the demonstrations in cities across the U.S.:

“You’ve got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again.”

Trump’s angry remarks come just a day after The New York Times reported that he was taken to an underground bunker on Friday evening at the suggesting of the Secret Service. The president responded to that report by tweeting out that it was “FAKE NEWS!”

Kevin Robillard of HuffPost says Trump also told the local leaders that the initial response by police and other law enforcement officials in Minneapolis was an “experiment.”

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