WASHINGTON—President Trump pushed governors to get tough on violent protesters in cities around the U.S. after days of violence sparked by demonstrations against police brutality, saying that “most of you are weak.”

Speaking to the governors Monday on a teleconference, the president said what was happening in New York City was “terrible” and added it was important for governors to send law enforcement in to “dominate,” according to a recording of the roughly one-hour-long call reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

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