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Federal officers to pull out of Portland in a major reversal for Trump administration

The general theory I lean toward is that Trump sent in the fed pigs to try to pull a Nixon and make himself look like a tough guy to his “red state fascist” (Lew Rockwell) base. The Deep State overlords went along with this because they knew he was setting a trap for himself by overplaying his hand. Now that the Nixonian strategy is failing, Trump is doing a pullback. It’s also funny how Mikey the Toady Pence always acts as a go-between re Trump and these joke governors and mayors. Mikey tries to play the role of a Tariq Aziz-wannabe to Trump’s nursery school-level Saddam-wannabe posturing.

By Chris McGreal

The Guardian

The Trump administration is to pull federal paramilitaries out of Portland starting on Thursday in a major reversal after weeks of escalating protests and violence.

Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown, said she agreed to the pullout in talks with Vice-President Mike Pence.

Brown said state and city police officers will replace Department of Homeland Security agents in guarding the federal courthouse that has become the flashpoint for the protests.

“These federal officers have acted as an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence and strife to our community,” the governor said. The head of the US homeland security department said agents would stay near the courthouse until they were sure the plan was working.

Donald Trump said the pullout will not begin until the courthouse is protected. “We’re not leaving until they secure their city. We told the governor, we told the mayor: secure your city,” said the president.

But the announcement is a significant retreat by the administration after Trump sent federal forces to Portland at the beginning of July to end months of Black Lives Matter protests he described as having dragged the city into anarchy.

Instead of quelling the unrest, the arrival of paramilitaries fuelled some of the biggest demonstrations since daily protests following the killing of George Floyd, a Black American, by a white police officer in Minneapolis in May.

The situation escalated particularly after agents in camouflage were filmed snatching protesters from the streets in unmarked vans.


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