Anti-Trump protests turn violent in Port­land, Ore­gon

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A sec­ond night of protests in the US against Pres­i­dent-elect Donald Trump has turned violent in Port­land, Ore­gon.

Sev­eral thou­sand demon­stra­tors gath­ered in the cen­tre of the west­ern city. Some smashed shop and car win­dows, threw fire­crack­ers and set rub­bish alight.

Po­lice de­clared a riot and ar­rested 29 peo­ple. Protests in other US cities were smaller than on Wed­nes­day.

Mr Trump ear­lier said in a tweet the demon­stra­tions were un­fair and had been in­cited by the me­dia.

The pro­test­ers, mainly young peo­ple, say a Trump pres­i­dency would cre­ate deep di­vi­sions along racial and gen­der lines.

Po­lice in Port­land ac­cused some demon­stra­tors of car­ry­ing bats and arm­ing them­selves with rocks. Ob­jects were thrown at the po­lice, who re­sponded with pep­per spray and rub­ber ba­ton rounds.

The state of Ore­gon voted 5141% in favour of Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton in Tues­day’s elec­tion.

Mr Trump crit­i­cised the pro­test­ers af­ter his meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama at the White House.

Se­nior Trump ad­viser and for­mer New York mayor Rudy Gi­u­liani called pro­test­ers on col­lege cam­puses “a bunch of spoiled cry­ba­bies” on Fox News.

Mr Gi­u­liani, who has been men­tioned as Mr Trump’s pos­si­ble at­tor­ney gen­eral, was re­spond­ing to the sug­ges­tion that stu­dents suf­fer­ing anx­i­ety over the elec­tion re­sult were be­ing of­fered ther­apy.

There were no re­ports of vi­o­lence at the other protests, although demon­stra­tors in Min­neapo­lis briefly blocked an in­ter­state highway in both di­rec­tions.

In Philadel­phia crowds gath­ered near City Hall hold­ing plac­ards bear­ing slo­gans such as “Not Our Pres­i­dent”, “Trans Against Trump” and “Make Amer­ica Safe For All”.

In Bal­ti­more, po­lice said a peace­ful crowd of 600 peo­ple marched through the city, block­ing traf­fic. In San Fran­cisco high school stu­dents waved rain­bow ban­ners and Mex­i­can flags. A small crowd also gath­ered out­side Trump Tower in Chicago, a day af­ter thou­sands marched through the city cen­tre. Some passers-by cheered them but at least one driver shouted that they should “shut up and ac­cept democ­racy”, the As­so­ci­ated Press news agency re­ported.

Pro­test­ers also re­turned to Trump Tower in New York for a sec­ond night.

Mean­while Mex­ico’s pres­i­dent said he was op­ti­mistic his coun­try could have a pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with the US under Mr Trump, de-

spite his anti-Mex­i­can rhetoric dur­ing the cam­paign.

En­rique Pena Ni­eto said he and Trump had agreed to meet, pos­si­bly dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod before Mr Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion in Jan­uary.

In Rus­sia, Pres­i­dent Putin’s spokesman said Mr Trump and Mr Putin were “very much alike” in how they see the world.

Dmitry Peskov said Rus­sian ex­perts had been in con­tact with some members of Mr Trump’s staff dur­ing the cam­paign.

But he said the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment had noth­ing to do with the theft of emails from the Demo­cratic cam­paign that were later pub­lished by the trans­parency or­gan­i­sa­tion Wik­ileaks.

Ear­lier Mr Trump said it was a “great hon­our” to meet Pres­i­dent Obama for tran­si­tion talks at the White House.

Mr Obama said his pri­or­ity was to “fa­cil­i­tate a tran­si­tion that en­sures our pres­i­dent-elect is suc­cess­ful”.

De­spite their cor­dial­ity, Mr Trump is in­tent on dis­man­tling much of Pres­i­dent Obama’s legacy. That in­cludes Oba­macare, the act ex­tend­ing med­i­cal in­sur­ance to more Amer­i­cans than ever before.

Dur­ing the cam­paign he called Mr Trump “uniquely un­qual­i­fied” to be pres­i­dent.

The pres­i­dent-elect was ac­com­pa­nied by his wife, Me­la­nia, who had a meet­ing with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mr Trump later tweeted that he had had “great chem­istry” with Mr Obama, while his wife “liked Mrs O a lot”.

He and Vice-Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence then met Repub­li­can House Speaker Paul Ryan, say­ing they “can’t get started fast enough, whether it’s health­care or im­mi­gra­tion”. Mr Ryan de­scribed it as a “fan­tas­tic, pro­duc­tive meet­ing”.

With the Repub­li­cans now hold­ing a ma­jor­ity in both cham­bers of the US Congress, Mr Trump can more eas­ily tar­get key Obama ini­tia­tives such as his health­care re­forms.

The pres­i­dent-elect’s tran­si­tion team for the 10-week pe­riod un­til in­au­gu­ra­tion will be led by Chris Christie, Gover­nor of New Jer­sey.

Mr Trump, who has never held elected of­fice, has said his im­me­di­ate pri­or­i­ties will be restor­ing the coun­try’s in­fra­struc­ture and dou­bling its economic growth.

His team is un­der­stood to be fo­cused on quickly fill­ing key na­tional se­cu­rity posts.

It is not yet clear who will sit his cabi­net or fill se­nior posts in his ad­min­is­tra­tion, such as chief of staff, but sev­eral fig­ures in his in­ner cir­cle have been men­tioned.

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