The White House Press Secretary blamed Antifa agitators for the riots.
The White House on Monday called for “law and order” amid a wave of protests against racial inequality and excessive use of force by police.
“We need law and order in the country,” White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said on Fox News, adding that the anti-fascist organization Antifa was “obviously” behind the unrest.
President Donald Trump, who on Sunday called Antifa, a terrorist organization, is holding a closed-door meeting with attorney General William Barr on Monday, followed by a teleconference with governors and representatives of law enforcement and national security agencies.
On Sunday, police and firefighters put out fires around the White House late into the night and dispersed protesters who began looting stores in New York and southern California. In 23 States and Washington, the National Guard was called in to restore order.
On Monday night, one person was killed in clashes in Louisville, Kentucky, where police and the National Guard opened fire in an attempt to disperse the crowd.
The riots began after an African-American man, George Floyd, died in Minneapolis on Monday while being detained by police.