In tweet, Trump recognizes Portland victims for 'standing up to hate'


President Donald Trump has condemned the killing in OR of two men who tried to stop another man from using anti-Muslim speech against two teenaged girls.

An Oregon man is accused of fatally stabbing two men and injuring one on a Portland commuter train on Friday evening.

Trump tweeted "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable". The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the heroes in Portland and the loved ones they left behind".

U.S. President Donald Trump walks down from the Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY, the United States, May 4, 2017. Another man was seriously injured, and is recovering in a hospital. He then stabbed two people who tried to defend them.

According to witnesses of the attack, a white man riding an eastbound MAX train in Portland early Friday afternoon began yelling what "would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions", police said. "They were courageous Americans who died at the hands of someone who, when all the facts are collected, we may have every right to call a terrorist", Rather wrote.

Those killed were Ricky John Best, aged 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, aged 23.

In an open letter to the USA president, retired news anchor Dan Rather wrote: "I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them".

The attacker, identified as Jeremy Christianson, was later arrested. A third victim, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, is being treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

"They saw injustice being committed, racism being practiced, and they intervened", said Rep. Keith Ellison, first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress. However, he said, "It is still an American city".