Earlier, US President Donald Trump stated: “Are you listening Portland?”, when touting that the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, saw no violence after National Guard troops were deployed amid violent protests sparked after the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer.
As Portland has seen continued unrest, US President Donald Trump promised to “go in and take care of matters the way they should have been taken care of 100 days ago” in the event that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler “does not get control of his city”.
Authorities in Portland have been criticised by the Trump administration over the handling of unrest the city has been seeing for several months amid nationwide anti-racism and anti-police-brutality protests sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
US Attorney General William Barr accused lawmakers in the city of encouraging “violence through action and inaction”, and Trump has repeatedly slammed Wheeler for the latter’s response to the protests, sending law enforcement to the city, ostensibly to protect federal property.
Wheeler vehemently denounced what he characterized as Trump’s “politics of division and demagoguery”, sending a letter to the president stating “no, thanks” to the deployment of federal troops in dealing with the unrest.
Trump has recently demanded that Portland follow an example set by Kenosha, Wisconsin, in which National Guard troops and…