Donald Trump threatens to send 60,000 federal agents to cities across America because he labels Portland protesters as ‘anarchists’ and the city’s mayor as ‘pathetic’
- Trump warned that he will “go in all cities” on Thursday evening in an interview with Sean Hannity
- “We will deploy 50,000, 60,000 people who know what they are doing,” he said
- He shot protesters in Portland “anarchists” and praised federal agents for their “great work” since deployed to the city
- Trump mocked Portland mayor Ted Wheeler as ‘pretty pathetic’ after taking part in protests on Wednesday evening where he was gassed by federal agents
- Trump also listed Detroit as another city dealing with ‘problems’ – hours after it emerged, he sent a Special Response Team to Seattle
- Portland officials are calling on federal agents to leave the city as Chicago braces itself after Trump said he sent 300 troops
Donald Trump has threatened to send up to 60,000 federal troops into the streets of America, calling the Portland protesters “ anarchists ” and the city’s mayor “ pitiful. ”
The president warned that he will “enter all cities,” and said Detroit in an interview with Sean Hannity on Thursday evening as another city with “problems.”
“We’re going into all cities, all cities. We are ready. We will deploy 50,000, 60,000 people who really know what they are doing, “Trump said.
“And they are strong. They are strong and we can solve those problems so quickly. ‘
Donald Trump threatened to send 60,000 federal troops into the streets of America while calling Portland protesters ‘anarchists’ and the city’s mayor ‘pitiful’, an interview with Sean Hannity Thursday evening
Trump struck in Portland, where federal agents have been on the ground for weeks and protesters and local officials are calling on them to leave the city.
He called the protesters “anarchists” and praised the agents for doing “great work” since they were sent to town.
“We had to go in Portland because they are anarchists,” Trump shot.
“That is a level that people have not seen, but they are anarchists.
“They went wild for 51 days and we went in and they did a great job. They would demolish the courthouse, a beautiful federal courthouse. So we went in and we’ve been really strong. ‘
Trump then ridiculed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as “ pretty pathetic ” after taking part in protests on Wednesday night, when he was confronted by angry protesters who dumped a bag full of shrapnel for him before he was gassed by federal agents.
Police rally on the streets of Chicago on Thursday night as the city braces for federal troops after Trump has warned he will send 300 officers
A huge crowd of protesters cheered Thursday night (photo) when Chicago announced plans to topple Christopher Columbus statue
“We have Mayor Wheeler, who I think is also the police chief and he made a fool of himself,” Trump continued.
“He wanted to be among the people, so he went into the crowd and they broke up and that was the end of him. It was pretty pathetic. ‘
The President said he had offered help to all cities: “I offered them all. We offer them all – “let’s go in and we’ll clean it up”. ‘
He boasted that he could “solve these problems so quickly” if cities only “invited” him.
“At some point, we have to do something much more powerful than being invited.”
Trump mocked Portland mayor Ted Wheeler (in the middle of the mask) as ‘pretty pathetic’ after participating in protests on Wednesday evening where he was gassed by federal agents
Wheeler responds after being exposed to tear gas fired from federal officers while attending a protest against police brutality and racial injustice before the Mark O. Hatfield US Courthouse on Wednesday
The president said he wanted to “help them all” and suggested Detroit could be next on his list.
“Detroit is in trouble,” he said. “They have a very good police chief in Detroit, but they are in trouble.”
Trump’s warning that federal agents can be deployed in more cities is his law and order takeover extended to Seattle on Thursday when a special response team was called up to enlist in the city.
This came after Chicago prepared for a wave of federal agents after threatening to send troops in the wake of a wave of violent crime that turned the cvity on its head.
Portland officials are also curtailing federal agents, with a judge issuing a temporary restraining order on Thursday prohibiting them from arresting legal observers and journalists in protests.