Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons said President Trump is determined to "do everything he could within his powers" to protect a St. Louis couple who brandished guns to ward off protesters in their gated community from prosecution.
Parsons said he spoke with Trump on Tuesday and confirmed that the president is fully aware that Mark and Patricia McCloskey could face criminal charges.
"He understands the situation in St. Louis and how out of control it is for a prosecutor to let violent criminals off and not do their job and try to attack law-abiding citizens," Parson said during a press conference.
Parsons' phone call with the president, which also included U.S. Attorney General William Barr, came amid reports that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, may file charges against the McCloskeys.
Gardner's office released a statement in which she criticized Parsons for seeking the advice from "one of the most divisive leaders in our generation."
"It is also incredible that at a time when our nation is dealing with a rapidly spreading deadly virus and our State reported a record number of new infections, they are launching these dog-whistle attacks against me. They should be focused on their jobs, and I'll focus on mine," the statement reads.