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After Portland, Trump promises to send federal agents to other cities

(Washington) Donald Trump threatened Monday to send federal law enforcement to several major Democrat-ruled cities, including Chicago and New York, after controversial first deployments to Portland in northwestern Canada. country.

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“We're going to have more federal law enforcement. In Portland, they did a fantastic job, ”the US president told reporters on the sidelines of a White House meeting with congressional officials. “In three days, they put a lot of anarchists in jail.”

Federal agents were deployed last week in the Oregon city to end protests against police violence and racism, marred by violence.

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But local elected officials – Democrats – demanded the departure of these federal forces, believing that their presence added fuel to the fire instead of solving the problems.

Donald Trump, who is banking on his firm posture to win a second term in the presidential election on November 3, accuses these elected officials of laxity and now promises to extend the recipe to other cities.

“We are not going to let down New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit and Baltimore”, he declared, accusing the elected representatives of these big cities of being “radical left”.

Referring to an upsurge in shootings since the beginning of the month in Chicago, the Republican billionaire estimated that the situation in the third largest city of the United States was “worse than in Afghanistan”, a country ravaged by decades of war.

And if his Democratic rival Joe Biden were elected to the White House, “it would become true for the whole country,” he asserted. “The country would go to hell! “

The governor of Michigan, where Detroit is located, immediately denounced “hate rhetoric”.

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Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer

“There is no reason for the president to send federal troops to a city where people are calling for reform peacefully and respectfully,” Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement.

Since the death of George Floyd, an African-American suffocated by a white policeman on 20 May in Minneapolis, the United States has seen a wave of protests on a scale not seen since the civil rights movement in the years 38 .

Even if the mobilization is subdued, sporadic demonstrations continue in several cities and sometimes give rise to overflows.

For several weeks, Donald Trump has been focusing on this violence and forsaking the questions raised about racism and police violence.

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