Trump on Portland: ‘We're Not Leaving Until They’ve Secured Their City’

By Melanie Arter | July 29, 2020 | 3:22pm EDT
Security officials form a line across a street in Portland, Oregon early July 26, 2020, as protests continue across the United States following the death in Minneapolis of unarmed African-American George Floyd. (Photo by ANKUR DHOLAKIA/AFP via Getty Images)
Security officials form a line across a street in Portland, Oregon early July 26, 2020, as protests continue across the United States following the death in Minneapolis of unarmed African-American George Floyd. (Photo by ANKUR DHOLAKIA/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Federal agents are not leaving the city of Portland, Ore., until the city is secured, President Donald Trump said Wednesday prior to leaving for Texas.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is calling for a meeting with DHS Secretary Chad Wolf "to discuss a cease-fire and the removal of heightened federal forces from Portland."


“As you know, we’re heading out to Texas right now, but Portland -- I’ll give you a little report on Portland. We have the courthouse very well secured. Our people have done a fantastic job. You hear all sorts of reports about us leaving. We’re not leaving until they’ve secured their city,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn.

“We told the governor, we told the mayor: ‘Secure your city.’ If they don’t secure their city soon, we have no choice -- we’re going to have to go in and clean it out. We’ll do it very easily. We’re all prepared to do it,” the president said.

“So, in Portland, they either clean out their city and do the job and get rid of the anarchists and agitators, which is what they are. They’re not protesters; they’re anarchists and agitators. We have many in jail. Many of them have been put in jail. It’s going to be a long sentence. They either clean out their city and do it right, or we’re going to have to do it for them,” he said.

“And as far as Portland is concerned, we’ve taken a very strong stand. They are anarchists. They’re radical, crazy people, and they’re either going to straighten it out for themselves -- Portland, the police -- and maybe if the state gets involved; that means the governor and the mayor, but they’re very weak people. They’re very weak people. These radicals, these anarchists are controlling the governor and this mayor, Trump said.

Mayor Wheeler went to a protest thinking he’d be their “buddy,” but it backfired, the president said.

“The mayor went into a rally -- it wasn’t accurately reported by CNN, by NBC. The mayor went into a rally. He thought he’d be their buddy. They excoriated him. What they did to him was incredible. Lucky he had five bodyguards, but they excoriated him,”  Trump said.
 
“NBC -- I didn’t see CNN because I don’t watch CNN. NBC absolutely covered it like he was their big buddy. No, he was in great danger of dying. He would have been dead if he didn’t have his bodyguards. These are bad people. These are anarchists. They’re agitators, and either they do something or we’re going to do it,” the president said.
 
‘“In the meantime, our purpose there is only to protect our federal buildings, which we’re doing with no problem. I mean, they’re nasty and they’re vicious people, but our people are very powerful people. Very powerful,” Trump said.

The president said either city officials will clean up Portland or the Trump administration will do it.

“So either they clean out Portland -- the governor and the mayor, who are weak -- either they clean out Portland or we’re going in to do it for them,” he said.

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