Jim Mattis, the former US defence secretary, has denounced President Trump’s handling of the nationwide protests against the killing of an unarmed black man

Jim Mattis, the former US defence secretary, has denounced President Trump’s handling of the nationwide protests against the killing of an unarmed black man, accusing him of stoking divisions among Americans.

Mr Mattis said that he was “angry and appalled” by Mr Trump’s response to the crisis, and said that officials must “hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our constitution”.

Portuguese police face serious questions after their German and British counterparts found Brueckner, 43, was not put on a shortlist of 600 suspects despite his long criminal record, history of child abuse and his decision to leave Praia da Luz shortly after the three-year-old’s disappearance on May 3, 2007. 

The controversial Portuguese detective who initially led the investigation into Maddie’s abduction, Goncalo Amaral, said he ruled him out of the inquiry in 2008 and claims that Brueckner is a ‘scapegoat’. 

Russia has reported a 1.2% mortality rate from the disease, while Brazil and the US have reported higher than 5.6% and 5.8%, respectively, according to Johns Hopkins University. France posted a 15.4% mortality rate and Italy has posted a 14.4% mortality rate. But experts have said that comparing national mortality rates is misleading when reporting standards vary widely and that excess deaths are likely to give a clearer picture of the death toll from the disease.

Russian officials have aggressively denied that the data on coronavirus deaths is being massaged. Even if corrected upward to reflect likely deaths from coronavirus, the death toll in cities such as St Petersburg or Moscow will probably remain far lower than in cities such as New York and London.

This sin of omission pales in comparison to the deliberate and calculated strategy of Donald Trump’s administration to seize upon the chaos for political gain. Trump has sought to portray the nationwide unrest as a crisis of law and order, blaming left-wing radicals and agitators. Choosing to focus only on the scenes of violence, he has threatened to deploy the US military to American cities to bring calm.

“If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” he said.

“I was also led to believe governments were very unlikely to come out and say it outright, but that China had been made aware that intelligence agencies had significant evidence.

“The high probability, I was told, is that the virus came from an animal that had been involved in testing in the Wuhan Institute of Virology and had ended up in the wet market.