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U.S. official on Portland demonstrations: ‘we will keep our presence’ – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Monday said he would send law enforcement to more U.S. cities, as a federal crackdown on anti-racism protests in Oregon with unmarked cars and unidentified forces angered people across the country. Trump, a Republican, cited New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland, California, as places to send…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Monday said he would send law enforcement to more U.S. cities, as a federal crackdown on anti-racism demonstrations in Oregon with unmarked vehicles and unknown forces angered individuals throughout the nation.

Trump, a Republican, cited New york city, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland, California, as locations to send out federal representatives, keeping in mind the cities’ mayors were “liberal Democrats.” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot often blasts Trump on Twitter.

” We’re sending out police,” Trump told reporters at the White Home. “We can’t let this happen to the cities.”

State and regional leaders in Oregon, as well as members of Congress, have called for Trump to get rid of Department of Homeland Security secret police forces from Portland, Oregon, after videos revealed unknown federal workers assembling people and blending them away in black minivans.

” Not only do I think he is breaking the law, but he is also threatening the lives of Portlanders,” the city’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, tweeted, having actually formerly called the federal existence “political theater” in an election year.

Trump, routing in opinion polls behind Democratic governmental prospect Joe Biden, in June stated himself “president of law and order” and threatened to send out the U.S. armed force into cities after sometimes violent demonstrations and looting in the aftermath of African American George Floyd’s death in cops custody in Minneapolis.

Federal agents last week began cracking down on Portland protests against cops brutality and systemic racism, utilizing tear gas to safeguard federal buildings and taking some activists into custody without explanation.

” They get a great deal of people and prison the leaders. These are anarchists,” Trump stated of federal representatives sent out to the traditionally liberal city to quell often rowdy protests.

In spite of a national outcry over the tactics, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials on Monday stated they would not back down and would not apologize.

The state of Oregon and the American Civil Liberties Union have actually sued the Trump administration for unlawfully apprehending Oregon homeowners, and some Republicans spoke up versus its tactics on Monday.

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” There is no location for federal soldiers or unknown federal agents rounding people up at will,” tweeted U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Homeland Security was making plans to deploy around 150 agents in the city this week where cops safeguarding a statue clashed with protesters on Friday.

The DHS did not right away react to an ask for additional comment.

Reporting by Steve Holland, Doina Chiacu and Lisa Lambert in Washington, additional reporting by Maria Caspani in New York, Deborah Flower in Portland; Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento; Modifying by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis

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