July 29, 2020 at 1:42 PM EDT
The Trump Administration and the Governor of Oregon have reached an agreement to lift the Portland protests
The governor of Oregon and the Trump government on Wednesday announced an agreement aimed at removing escalating tensions outside the federal courthouse in Portland, where federal agents repeatedly encountered protesters during the night riots.
Under the agreement, officials said most Homeland Security agents would deviate from what had become the front lines around the courthouse, and would withdraw from Portland altogether if the night riots ended.
However, the specific timing of how this would manifest remained unclear. Government Kate Brown (D) said agents would leave downtown and the city soon after, while incumbent DHS secretary Chad Wolf said federal officials would withdraw from Portland “if circumstances on the ground improved significantly”
; when state soldiers move to protect the courthouse.
The uncertainty arose as intense meetings continued between protesters and federal agents in Oregon’s largest city, criticized by local officials and examined by two inspectors general. The Trump report defended its response as a necessary step to prevent people from attacking the courthouse.
by Mark Berman and Nick Miroff