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President on Thursday and elsewhere has cast an image of Portland as lawless and unsafe.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler issued an open letter to President Trump.Mayor Ted Wheeler on Friday, Aug. 28, submitted an open letter to President Trump, the day after the president evoked the name of Portland, Oregon, in accepting the Republican Party nomination to be president.

In a campaign speech set on the lawn of the White House, Trump said that, if former Vice President Joe Biden were elected president, "They will make every city look like Democrat-run Portland, Oregon."

Wheeler responded the following day.

See the full letter here.

"We don't need your politics of division and demagoguery," Wheeler wrote. "Portlanders are onto you. We have already seen your reckless disregard for human life in your bumbling response to the COVID pandemic. And we know you've reached the conclusion that images of violence or vandalism are your only ticket to reelection."

The White House drew fire earlier this summer when federal law enforcement troops were stationed in downtown Portland and escalated the nightly violence near the Justice Center. Gov. Kate Brown eventually negotiated with the feds to get the troops out of the city.

"When you sent the Feds to Portland last month, you made the situation far worse," Wheeler wrote on Friday. "Your offer to repeat that disaster is a cynical attempt to stoke fear and distract us from the real work of our city."


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