July 30, 2020 at 7:46 AM EDT
Oregon Governor, federal officials announce withdrawal of most federal agents, but timelines vary
The Oregon governor and the Trump administration on Wednesday announced an agreement aimed at removing escalation of tensions outside the federal courthouse in Portland, where federal agents met with protesters during the night riots.
As part of the deal, officials said most Homeland Security agents would leave the front lines around the courthouse and withdraw from Portland altogether if what they thought was night riots ceased to apply.
However, the timing of this output remained unclear. Government Kate Brown (D) said the agents would withdraw from the center Thursday and leave town soon after. However, DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said the withdrawal from the city was still a question of whether, when and not. He said federal officials would withdraw from Portland “if the situation on the ground improved significantly”
; as state troops sought to protect the courthouse.
by Mark Berman, Nick Miroff, Marissa Lang and David Fahrenthold