US President Donald Trump has derided Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as “a fool” for having joined protesters in his city objecting to the presence of federal agents deployed by Trump and getting tear-gassed in the process.
“He made a fool out of himself,” Trump said during an appearance on Fox News. “He wanted to be among the people. So he went into the crowd. And they knocked the hell out of him. That was the end of him. So it was pretty, pretty pathetic.”
Wheeler came to the protest, he said, to stand with protesters in the face of what he has described as an “occupying force” in a city that the President has described as “worse than Afghanistan”.
For days, Wheeler, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat, and other state and local officials have demanded Trump withdraw the surge of federal officers from the Pacific North-west city, where protests have continued for more than 50 straight nights.