Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is doubling down on his pledge to keep federal agents deployed in restive cities around the country to protect federal courthouses and government property.
In particular, Wolf said that federal agents would remain on station in Portland, Ore., protecting the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse there in spite of demands by Mayor Ted Wheeler and other state Democrat leaders to get them out of the city.
Last week, DHS and Oregon leaders reportedly struck a deal to have Oregon state police step in and take over for federal agents under siege at the courthouse. But when Gov. Kate Brown politicized the alleged agreement, Wolf made clear that he wasn’t removing agents until he was certain the city and Oregon writ large were up to the challenge of protecting federal property.
He tweeted, “As I told the Governor yesterday, federal law enforcement will