PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday morning announced the federal government has agreed to begin withdrawing its officers from downtown Portland, starting on Thursday.
Most of the federal officers will be replaced by Oregon State Police troopers, Brown said.
As news of the governor's announcement spread, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf offered a different view of the agreement. He said federal officers will leave Portland once state police secure federal properties.
Here are reactions to the agreement from lawmakers, federal officials and Portland city leaders:
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf
President Donald Trump
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley
“This announcement is an important step in ending the deployment of Trump’s secret police on the streets of America. These forces—with no agency or unique identification—have attacked peaceful protestors night after night and swept a number into unmarked vans. These militia-style attacks on free speech and the right to assemble have no place in our democratic republic and must end. Trump’s strategy to shift attention away from Black Lives Matter and the reform of systemic racism must not succeed.”
Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan
Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury