Press Secy. McEnany: Local authorities have lost control of violent protests in Democrat-run cities

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 1:01 PM PT — Tuesday, July 21, 2020

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended federal intervention in Portland, Oregon amid ongoing violent protests. During the press briefing Tuesday, she said President Trump will not give violence a pass and local authorities are not doing enough to stop it themselves.

Attacks on the court house and other violence called for President Trump to send Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers earlier this month. According to McEnany, the department is there to protect federal property from Black Lives Matter activists.

The press secretary criticized the local response to the crisis by saying Mayor Ted Wheeler’s false statements about the federal intervention is not helping quell the violence.

McEnany also noted that the president encourages local leaders to work cooperatively with the federal assistance as Kansas City did with ‘Operation Legend.’

The White House’s hope is to prevent Portland from becoming another CHOP like the violent demonstrations in Seattle.

Federal officers use crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Meanwhile, Acting Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli alos defended the president’s decision to deploy federal troops to Portland. He said local officials are politicizing violence in the city.

While speaking on this weekend’s protests, the DHS official made it clear federal troops are in the city to create peace and protect federal property.

Cuccinelli also noted that after two-months of ongoing unrest, it’s become apparent Mayor Wheeler is not doing enough to quell rioters. He also brushed off Wheeler’s concern that federal agents are making violence worse in the city by calling the idea a “fake talking point.”

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