President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that the attack on a light-rail train in Portland, Oregon, on Friday that killed two men was “unacceptable.” Police say the victims were killed as they confronted a man who was shouting insults against Muslims. Trump recognized the victims for “standing up to hate and intolerance.”
The tweet came from the president’s official Twitter account, @POTUS, which is chiefly run by his staff, and not from his personal account, @realDonaldTrump, which he controls.
The two men killed in the attack were Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23. A third victim, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, is being treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.
Police arrested Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, of north Portland. Local media reports described Christian as a “known white supremacist” in the area, and his Facebook page showed a long history of racist and extremist views.
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