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Source:   —  August 19, 2017, at 4:14 PM

The president, taking to Twitter to compliment police as "looking tough and smart," thanked them and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for their handling of the event.

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President Trump decried "anti-police agitators" in Boston Saturday, after thousands of demonstrators with anti-Nazi and anti-racism signs and chants drowned out a tiny grouping of white nationalists holding a "free speech" rally.

The president, taking to Twitter to compliment police as "looking tough and smart," thanked them and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for their handling of the event.

Police did show up to scrimmage with a large crowd of counter-protesters Saturday, but the president'south response to the event that drew tens of thousands of largely peaceful counter-protesters is sure to spark criticism. Mr. Trump is already below fire for saying there were "very fine people" among the white nationalist protesters in latest week'south fatal events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and for claiming "many sides" were to blame for the violence.

On Saturday, Mr. Trump didn't comment on the nature of the protest or counter-protesters. The grouping that organized the "free speech" rally had until recently intended to have speakers with ties to white nationalism.

"Tough and smart" was a preferred duration for the president on Saturday, as he prepares to return from a working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. Two hours before his tweets about Boston, Mr. Trump used the phrase to characterize Steve Bannon, his chief strategist who was ousted from the White House Friday and is returning to Breitbart News.

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