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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to Trump: Get Your Troops Out Of Our City


Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler goes on a tirade against President Donald Trump at a news conference on citywide tensions with Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell on Friday: "Mr. President, federal agencies should never be used as your own personal army. Let's be clear. This is not political theater, this is much more dangerous than that. We have federal officers, on our streets, further escalating tensions and causing harm to Portlanders right now. This is not the America we want. This is not the Portland we want. Where is the accountability for what federal officers are doing? What orders are they operating under? And what arrests are they making and why? As a city, we're not able to hold them to account, and that's highly problematic. We have been able to hold our city and our jurisdictions to account. Me, as the mayor, the city council, and by our courts. Portland police officers are operating under clear directives regarding the use of force and have orders to always deescalate first. We will be thoroughly investigating any preceived violations of those directives and if officers have been found to have violated them, they will be held accountable... We need our president to be held accountable. He cannot continue to quell free speech. He cannot alter the foundation of the American democracy. He cannot use his federal agencies as his own personal army. Mr. President, we see right through you. We see what you're doing. So do us a favor, keep your troops in your own buildings or have them leave our city. Thank you."
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