Donald Trump threatens to send federal agents to cities run by Democrats

US President Donald Trump has threatened to send more federal law enforcement officers to major US cities to control ongoing protests.

Speaking at the White House on Monday, Mr Trump reiterated his call for law and order.

“We’re sending law enforcement,” he told reporters. “We can’t let this happen to the cities.”

He specifically named New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland in discussing problems with violence.

“We’re not going to let this happen in our country, all run by liberal Democrats.”

Mr Trump also praised the controversial federal law enforcement efforts in Portland. The city has seen protests against police brutality since George Floyd’s death in Minnesota in May.

Democrats accuse Mr Trump of trying to rally his Conservative base.

President Trump, a Republican, has been trailing in opinion polls behind his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, ahead of November’s election.

Trump deployed the personnel to the US west coast city two weeks ago to quell civil unrest.

Some officers have used unmarked cars and worn military-style camouflage on the streets, sparking condemnation from Democrats and activists.

Local officials say the federal officers are making matters worse and have called for them to leave.

Last month, Mr Trump declared himself the “president of law and order” in the wake of widespread protests over the death in police custody of African-American man George Floyd.

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