Mayor of Portland Ted Wheeler has been begging for federal agents to leave and he may have finally got his wish. The Trump administration has decided if the help is not appreciated to go ahead and pull out and we will see what happens. According to the Governor of Oregon and Ted Wheeler
President Trump has not confirmed this and actually spoke to the contrary this morning.
President Trump has stated many times if the federal government did not intervene in Portland that the federal courthouse would not still be standing.
Federal agents deployed to Portland to protect federal court buildings from violent protests will begin a phased withdrawal from the city on Thursday, officials announced — but President Trump warned the government will step back in if local law enforcement can’t rein in “anarchists and agitators.”
“After my discussions with VP Pence and others, the federal government has agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a tweet.
“They have acted as an occupying force & brought violence. Starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland.”
In a full statement, Brown added that a limited number of federal officers — who act as security at federal buildings year round — will remain in the city to protect the buildings alongside state police.
Even with the officers pulling out, Brown said nightly protests around the buildings will likely continue — but called their departure “as difficult as it is overdue.”
Trump, meanwhile, threatened in a pair of tweets to send in federal authorities if the local government could not stop “crime and violence” from breaking out in the city.
“If the Federal Government and its brilliant Law Enforcement (Homeland) didn’t go into Portland one week ago, there would be no Portland — It would be burned and beaten to the ground,” Trump wrote.
“If the Mayor and Governor do not stop the Crime and Violence from the Anarchists and Agitators immediately, the Federal Government will go in and do the job that local law enforcement was supposed to do!” he added.
The acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, also said he anticipates the agency to “change our force posture” if circumstances on the ground in the city change.
Wolf said he and Brown had agreed to a joint plan to end “violent activity” in the city aimed at federal buildings.
“State and local law enforcement will begin securing properties and streets, especially those surrounding federal properties, that have been under nightly attack for the past two months,” Wolf said in the statement.
“Oregon State Police will coordinate with Federal Protective Service (FPS) officers to ensure all federal facilities remain protected and secure,” he added.
The federal officers and protesters have been clashing nightly since their deployment in early July amid growing demand for withdrawal from Oregon officials.
The city has endured two months of protest and riots since the police-involved death of George Floyd.”