130 federal agents stay behind in Portland as ‘quick reaction force’

Federal officers deploy tear gas and crowd control munitions at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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UPDATED 4:45 PM PT — Friday, July 31, 2020

More than 130 federal agents have stayed behind in Portland to act as a “quick reaction force.” Earlier this week, the Trump administration reached a deal with Governor Kate Brown to withdraw federal agents from the city.

DHS forces will reportedly stay behind in case Oregon state police need immediate back up in protecting Portland’s federal courthouse. The decision came after Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with police during repeated attempts to destroy federal property.

While speaking with National Association of Police leadership on Friday, the president said if the urban violence in Portland “doesn’t clean up,” more federal presence will surface.

“We have no choice,” he added.

Demonstrators draw a peace sign in front of a fire during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

He mentioned that if his administration had never sent the National Guard to Minneapolis, the place would be “burnt to the ground.”

The president has attributed the violent crime surge to Democrats, who have run these cities for years.

“Look at New York, it’s up 348%. Whoever heard of a number like that? You have a radical left mayor who doesn’t know what he’s doing. I don’t even understand how the police could allow it to happen.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

The president went on to say his team will help any city that needs their help.

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