President Donald Trump has threatened to send more federal law enforcement officials to major U.S. cities to monitor ongoing protests.
On Monday, Trump criticized a number of cities ruled by “Liberal Democrats”, including Chicago and New York, saying their leaders were afraid to act. He said the officers sent to Oregon did a “fantastic job” of putting things in order during the Portland protests.
State leaders have demanded that Trump withdraw troops from Portland, accusing him of escalating the situation as a political stunt in an election year. However, this decision allowed the demonstrators to be pacified.
Speaking at the White House on Monday, Trump reiterated his call for law and order. He named New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland as places to send an army.
The Oregon Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against the federal government for illegally detaining demonstrators and violating their constitutional rights to assembly and due process.