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White House reportedly in talks with Oregon over removing federal agents in exchange for increased local police presence

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Federal officers deploy tear gas and crowd control munitions at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Portland, Ore.
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  • A senior White House official told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the Trump administration is in talks to begin withdrawing federal agents from Portland.
  • The office of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, did not immediately confirm the story.
  • The alleged talks come a day after it was reported that the administration was considering sending more federal agents to Oregon.
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The Trump administration is in discussions with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown about reducing the federal presence in Portland, a senior White House official told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

2020欧洲杯小组赛The administration is making the offer as part of a deal, the : it will remove federal agents if local Democratic leaders do more to quash protests.

Neither Brown nor Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler have confirmed the report. Both have criticized the federal presence, arguing it has only exacerbated social unrest.

The reported offer comes a day after the news that the Trump administration was actually considering the deployment of an additional 100 federal agents to Oregon.

It also comes 48 hours after some of those agents indiscriminately fired tear gas and less-lethal munitions at protesters in Portland, wounding a local journalist2020欧洲杯小组赛, Trip Jennings.

2020欧洲杯小组赛On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon asked a federal court to hold federal agents in contempt for violating a restraining order barring attacks on journalists and legal observers.

2020欧洲杯小组赛"This administration claims to be defending the federal courthouse, but won't obey the orders coming out of it. What purpose are these agents actually serving then?" Kelly Simon, interim legal director of the ACLU of Oregon, said in a statement.

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