The Trump administration plans to send federal forces to violence-torn cities across the nation to help quell riots and surging crime, regardless of whether Democrat mayors and governors welcome Washington’s involvement.

“I’m going to do something, that I can tell you,” President Donald Trump said on Monday in the Oval Office. “We’re not going to let New York and Chicago, and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these – Oakland is a mess – we’re not going to let this happen in our country. All run by liberal Democrats.”

The move comes as US House Democrats demand that inspectors general investigate whether the administration abused its emergency powers, deploying “a secret police force, not to investigate crimes, but to intimidate individuals it views as political adversaries.”

Portland’s Mayor has demanded that federal forces leave the city, while Oregon Governor Kate Brown said Trump is playing “political theater.” Democrat lawmakers from the state accused federal agencies of “horrific” tactics, including use of paramilitary forces to snatch peaceful protesters off the street. Senator Ron Wyden called federal officers “an occupying army.”

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