On Wednesday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf announced the establishment of the DHS Protecting American Communities Task Force (PACT), a special task force to coordinate Departmental law enforcement agency assets in protecting our nation’s historic monuments, memorials, statues, and federal facilities.
On June 26th, President Trump issued an Executive Order to ensure that federal; historic monuments and statues will be protected. The Order, “Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Activity,” directs DHS, within its statutory authority, to provide personnel to assist with the protection of federal monuments, memorials, statues, or property.
In response, has “surged federal resources” into the nation’s capital, pre-deploying them in anticipation of attacks on federal property on July 4th, Wolf explained in an interview with Fox & Friends on Wednesday:
“You know, I think what we have seen is really this lawlessness over the past four weeks in a variety of communities, and the President, the Administration, we are taking some really strong action. We surged federal resources here into the D.C. area about four weeks ago to put down a lot of these violent protests. We have seen a number of arrests.
“We have seen an executive order from the President, and what the Department is doing as we go into this July 4th holiday, we want to make sure that federal properties, federal facilities, buildings, statues, monuments, that the department of home land security protects, we want to make sure that we have the personnel there and ready. So, we’ve pre-deployed. We are pre-deploying teams to certain areas, and we will continue to make sure that we have personnel ready to go.”
The DHS will stop protesters who hate America and seek to terrorize its citizens and destroy federal property, Sec. Wolf said:
“We’re not going to let these individuals who clearly hate this country continue to and continue to terrorize and go after destruction of federal property and federal monuments. We’re here to stop them.”