Mayors spurn Trump's Portland-style show of force


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Mayors flout Trump's show of force

U.S. mayors are sounding off against President Trump's threat to deploy federal agents to patrol their cities, like in Portland, to deal with unrest after months of protests against police brutality.

Twice in recent days, Trump said he may send more federal law enforcement to Democratic-run cities, such as Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Oakland, and Philadelphia. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Democrats "continue to put politics above peace while the president seeks to restore law and order."

Here's how some mayors responded:

  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Trump has made the city a "punching bag," adding: "We're going to be diligent, and we're gonna be ready, and if we need to stop him, we are going to."
  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said, "There could be no possible justification for such an action," and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said, "Quite frankly, the president doesn't know the first thing about Detroit."
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that while Trump often "blusters and bluffs," the city "would immediately take action in court" to stop incoming agents. "We've often had to confront him in court and we usually win," he said.
  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, whose home was vandalized Tuesday with messages to "defund the police," said Trump's feud amounted to a "racist dog whistle," and that "Oakland needs Covid relief—not troops."
  • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the city would "use all available means to resist such a wrong-headed effort and abuse of power."

Earlier this week, Oregon officials sued the Trump administration to stop federal agents from arresting people in Portland, but instead of tamping down violence, their presence has drawn more protesters in recent days.

On Wednesday, the White House is planning to announce that about 150 Homeland Security agents will be sent to Chicago to help local police deal with a spike in violent crime, according to an administration official.

$ignificant figures

$1 trillion. Senate Republicans and White House officials are eyeing that amount for the next virus stimulus to succeed the $2 trillion Cares Act. Earlier, EU leaders agreed to a $2.1-trillion aid deal for the 27-nation bloc.

$775 billion. The estimated cost over 10 years of Joe Biden's sweeping proposal to help families pay for child care, in-home elder care for aging parents, and long-term care for the disabled.

$61 million. Federal officials arrested Ohio's GOP House Speaker Larry Householder and four others in a racketeering scheme involving bribes worth that much to secure a $1.5-billion bailout of two nuclear plants.

Highly quotable

"When you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask." In a reversal, Trump urged Americans to wear a face mask Tuesday and said the pandemic "will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better."

"Market edge." The U.S. indicted two Chinese hackers for conspiring to steal terabytes of data, including virus research, worth "hundreds of millions of dollars" from 11 countries for China's intelligence service.

"I just wish her well." Trump sent well wishes to Jeffrey Epstein's jailed associate Ghislaine Maxwell, who's charged with procuring young girls to be sexually abused, saying he's "met her numerous times over the years."

This is not normal

Extinction countdown. Most polar bear populations will collapse by 2100 as Arctic sea ice vanishes due to climate change, says a new study, which urges "aggressive" cuts to greenhouse gas emissions to save the species.

The future is now

Staying open. To avoid human contact amid the pandemic, a Tel Aviv noodle chain is texting customers a secret code when their order is ready that unlocks a glass-paned locker where they can pick up their food.

What's good

Shading the nation. More than 2 million people gathered in northern India earlier this month to plant 250 million trees—all while maintaining social distancing—as part of a government plan to tackle climate change.

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-Andrew Mach


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