US President Donald Trump called on Mayor Ted Wheeler to bring the National Guard to the city and condemned the actions of demonstrators amid the unrest in the US city of Portland.
On Sunday night, police said that at least one person was killed during a shooting in Portland, where protests against police brutality are now underway. According to media reports, there were clashes between Trump supporters and members of the Black Lives Matter movement in the city. Earlier, protesters in Portland set fire to the building of the city’s police Association, after arson, 19 people were detained.
“Wheeler is incompetent… Our magnificent National Guard could solve these problems in less than an hour. Local authorities should send a request before it is too late. The population of Portland and other cities run by Democrats is disgusted with (Senate democratic leader Chuck) Schumer, (house speaker Nancy) Pelosi, and local “leaders.” They want law and order!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
He also shared messages claiming that the man who died on Saturday was a member of the “conservative” group Patriot Prayer and a Trump supporter. The President retweeted a video purporting to show members of the Antifa movement celebrating the man’s death.
“The infamous anarchists. We are watching them closely, but radical left-wing Democrats foolishly defend them,” Trump wrote.
Protests and riots have not subsided in Portland for the third month. Periodically, the police declare what is happening a riot and make arrests. Riots in Portland and several other cities in the United States began after the death in Minneapolis of an African-American George Floyd at the hands of police.