Trump Defends Feds’ Authoritarian Abuses In Portland

The Independent reports:

Donald Trump said he is trying to “help” the city of Portland amid controversy over a decision to send federal agents to crack down on protests there.

Local lawmakers accused the Trump administration of an “abuse of power” for deploying masked, militarised federal agents to the city, ostensibly to protect federal buildings.

The officers have been accused of driving unmarked cars and seizing people from the street in recent days in the city, which has seen nightly protests for racial justice since the police killing of George Floyd.