Acting US Commissioner for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan fired from Elizabeth Warren’s “ridiculous and outrageous” hay that President Trump could deploy federal forces to prevent a peaceful transfer of power if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the 2020 election.
Morgan commented during a speech on “Fox News @Night” on Wednesday after host Shannon Bream noted that one of the agencies Warren wants her to commit to is the Department of Homeland Security. Warren said she feared federal agents would be used if Trump lost the upcoming election and refused to leave office.
Warren said she “asked them to commit not to let Trump use that power if he lost the election and did not want to leave office peacefully.”;
“I want to hear this commitment. I want to hear it in my own words and if they don’t say it, then I want to hear such silence, because in a time like this, their silence will scream, “she continued.
Morgan dusted off her comments.
“It’s pure politics,” Morgan said in response to Warren’s remarks. “I won’t even get into it.” That doesn’t even deserve an answer. ‘ ”
“It’s ridiculous and outrageous,” he continued. “What you see in Portland has nothing to do with these comments.”
Morgan added that federal agents were in “Portland to fully address the specific situation that is happening, which is more than 60 days of violence against the federal building and federal police officers.” That’s what it’s about. ”
“That’s just an absurd comment,” Morgan said.
In an interview earlier this month about “Fox News Sunday”, the president refused to commit to accepting the results of the November elections.
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“I have to see it.” … No, I won’t just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t have it for the last time, “Trump said as he was pushed during an interview with host Chris Wallace.
The commentary was viral and produced dozens of headlines and stories that theorized what could happen if the president lost the November general election, but does not accept and accept the results.
Morgan appeared on “Fox News @Night” one day before a federal agent who met with protesters in Portland began a “gradual withdrawal” from downtown, according to the governor of Oregon. However, Morgan on Wednesday insisted that federal agents would not leave Portland until they were sure there was no danger to federal property.
Oregon’s Democratic government, Kate Brown, tweeted on Wednesday, “After my talks with VP Pence and others, the federal government agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland.”
“They acted as an occupying force and brought violence,” she continued. “From tomorrow, all customs and border guards and ICE will leave downtown Portland.”
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement that he and Brown had been in contact and reached a joint plan to end “violence in Portland targeting federal property and law enforcement officials.”
“The plan includes a strong Oregon State Police presence in downtown Portland,” Wolf said. “State and local law enforcement agencies will begin securing real estate and streets, especially those surrounding federal real estate that has been under night attack in the last two months. Oregon State Police will coordinate with Federal Protection Service (FPS) officers to ensure that all federal facilities remain protected and secure. ‘ “
Morgan responded to Brown’s tweet on Wednesday and said, “The secretary was crystal clear about his conversations and what they had agreed upon.”
“Your listeners need to know we’re not going anywhere right now,” Morgan said.
“The governor has instructed the state police to engage with side-by-side federal authorities to address the ongoing violence and anarchy that is taking place in the streets of Portland,” he continued. “That’s what we should do, that’s what we’ve been doing for a long time, but we’re not leaving until we’re absolutely sure that the threat to this courtroom and the officers inside is gone.”
“We’ll stay in Portland until then,” Morgan said.
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Portland experienced more than 60 consecutive nights of demonstrations following the death of Georg Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Portland police officers met with protesters before federal agents arrived on July 4 to protect the O. Hatfield courthouse, Multnomah County Justice Center and other government buildings.
Paul Newshaus Fox and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.