PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Tensions over protests in Portland seem to be growing between the federal government and state and local leaders.

On Thursday, acting secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf issued a blistering statement about how things have been handled by the city and state. Hours later, he was spotted outside the federal courthouse, seeing first-hand the damage and graffiti-painted walls of the building.

In his statement released Thursday morning, Wolf wrote:

The city of Portland has been under siege for 47 straight days by a violent mob while local political leaders refuse to restore order to protect their city. Each night, lawless anarchists destroy and desecrate property, including the federal courthouse, and attack the brave law enforcement officers protecting it.

It went on to read:

This siege can end if state and local officials decide to take appropriate action instead of refusing to enforce the law. DHS will not abdicate its solemn duty to protect federal facilities and those within them.

Later Thursday evening, Wolf appeared on the Fox News show ‘Hannity’ to talk about his visit to Portland and tour of the damage and vandalism to the federal courthouse.

“We’re not going to have these violent anarchists who show up about the same time every night for a series of hours and having that destruction to federal property,” Wolf said. "It’s time that we take a stand, it’s time that the local leaders here publicly condemn what the anarchists are doing, and only then will local police and federal police get this under control."

Night after night for more than a month and a half, protesters have taken to the streets of Portland. At times, tensions escalate and violence breaks out between protesters and police. In recent days, federal officers have made arrests and used force against protesters.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Office says he and Wolf spoke earlier this week. In a statement, the mayor said:

We do not need or want their help. The best thing they can do is stay inside their building, or leave Portland altogether. Our goal is to end these violent demonstrations quickly and safely.

Thursday afternoon, Wheeler took to Twitter, where he said he was aware the acting secretary was in town. He said they would not be meeting even if he was asked.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has also weighed in on federal police in Portland. Her office released a statement Thursday that read, in part:

I told Acting Secretary Wolf that the federal government should remove all federal officers from our streets. His response showed me he is on a mission to provoke confrontation for political purposes. He is putting both Oregonians and local law enforcement officers in harm’s way.

FOX 12 also reached out to the Oregon Republican Party for its take on the heightened presence of federal officers in Portland and acting secretary Wolf’s visit to the city.

Communications Director Kevin Hoar said that the Oregon Republican Party supports bringing more federal officers into Portland.

“It’s frightening to see what’s happened to some of the areas of the city,” Hoar said. “This a moment for the city to decide do they want lawless anarchists deciding what happens in their city, destroying property, devastating businesses or do they want to have the Rose City? The beautiful city that we love.”

Read the full Homeland Security Statement online here.

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(35) comments


Theses are not protesters, they are criminals.We need water canons. Protesters are peaceful and do not loot or damage property.


Portland's leaders wouldn't make a pimple on real leaders butts.


I am so tired of both the mayor and governor allowing this violent protests to go on and on! 47 days and counting. When will it end? Try something different than what you have been doing. You are allowing the bullies to rule our city. It’s so sad and disgusting.


Wolf says they ain't leaving. Portland leadership should be exposed in the national spotlight.


And, there ya go. Our liberal "leaders" (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) don't care about law and order, and could care less about the safety of its citizens. To hear them continue to defend vandals, rioters and anarchists boggles the mind. Oly when a couple of people are killed will they step in and do something...or, Trump sends in the military - which is what I'm hoping happens. Portland is a cesspool thanks to Wheeler, Brown and Hardesty. But, hey, you get what you vote for!


More evidence our Governor is fanatically dedicated to KEEP the chaos going and her willingness to burn this state to the ground just to rule it's ashes. Federal aid shows up after 50 nights of riots. Our governor demands they go home. She automatically vilifies them. Ignore all the less than lethals Oregon police fired over the 50 nights. One federal officers shot one and the news media in her pocket parrots what they're told to vilify that officer. I'm so sick of this and tired of the media aiding them more than anything else. News media are truly the modern terrorists of the US


Keep Oregon Green, dump Brown.


Wheeler and Brown and their comrades are all Clinton minions. What a pathetic bunch of losers. History will remember them with the likes of David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Chucky Manson.

Frederick Fukov

Can you believe this [censored]? How utterly stupid are Kate and Ted. They just set themselves up for a massive lawsuit, which they will lose.

Just curious

Maybe, just maybe if the news reporters would call the people that are doing the destruction to Portland "RIOTERS". Then maybe it would sink into the Politicians thick skull they need to protect us from the rioters. These people are not protesters, they are rioters, and Wheeler & "katty" are the enablers.


Thank you Donald J. Trump. The Feds need to step in and represent national/Homeland issues when local/state/county officials simple refuse. Like mid-60's Georgia and Alabama. I'm certain the local "minorities" were glad to see them. I'm also certain the local "majorities" were not happy to see them. Suck it up Ted and Kate. I'm tired of you giving me the finger!


We have no state and local leaders They are bowing to the mob, and the taxpayers are not being protected from the Mob!!


Wheeler taking his cue from the governor who just thinks they above everyone else!

You are elected and answer to the people and it's time to take back this city!


We have no leaders in Oregon. This is a joke. I wish the feds arrest the Mayor and the Governor while they are here.

Alan W

[thumbup] EvilEddiE - I am sure there are tens of thousands here of law abiding, hardworking when they had a job to go to and those who do citizens that couldn't agree with you more.I do.

Roberto Estrello Demar

"Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks."

Listening to the words and acts of Kate Brown, the State Democrats and Ted Wheeler, one might begin to question why NOT drive a truckload of fuel into City Hall or the Capital Building. But that would put one on a level with Mohammed Atta and Osama Bin Ladin. But then we ask, what IS it that Brown and Wheeler are doing to our State and City? WHO so infected the minds of the Citizens that they would elect such hate-filled people as these to run their public business? WHO sends the brainwashing home from every school's classroom, into the homes of our people? WHO controls the content of our mind-numbing television and entertainment programs? Yes, I think it's TIME ... for a "revolution," but not a socialist leftist one like these fools have asked for. Listen to the voices of the people who saw and heard the revolutions on S.E Asia and Eastern Europe ... from their own ground zero. Then listen anew, to the children who are shouting "Resist!" and ask yourself "Where did THAT come from?" Portland is a very sick city.


Portlanders must be morons to keep electing these officials. Pandering to the criminals just emboldens them for more rioting.

Alan W

webjak - [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]


Destruction not resttiction

Husky Loyalist

Wheeler and Brown are in so over their heads. The anarchists have done 23 million dollars in damage, nightly assaulting the police and others and Brown says the Feds need to leave so they won' provoke what? The anarchists who are already assaulting and destroying? And Wheeler thinks this is his own little out of control. kingdom. Wheeler and Brown are content to just have night after night of anarchy in Portland until at least the November election. Their behavior is almost criminal with no regard for the lives of people. Just like her draconian dictates re; the virus. Mortality rates(1.9%) and cases parallel the seasonal flu yet she dictates we can't have more than 10 family members in our homes. Higher the misery index the better she likes it leading up to the Nov election.

Son of Fukov

No, their behavior IS criminal.

Alan W

Very well written, Husky Loyalist [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]


Well, maybe not Treason, exactly. But it wouldn't be right. And Ted Wheeler, claiming the city doesn't need help from feds, that they, Portland, will end the nightly restriction and chaos to an end "quickly and safely". Hey man, It's been 47 nights in a row!! I am afraid to discover what you're idea of quick is.

Frederick Fukov

Ask his wife. It's probably why they're getting divorced.


Disgraceful mayor and governor that have allowed Portland to turn into complete lawlessness. It is sickening to hear them say that they want them to leave. How can the mayor look at downtown right now and say things are fine?!? Goes to show how terrible leadership in this state has been for decades now.


It actually was not that bad until the federal officers showed up. You can cut the new tension that appeared with a knife.


I would respectfully disagree, Ask the business owners downtown if it was "not that bad" previous to the Feds please. They have lost millions and many will not survive this. But who cares about the businesses that actually pay taxes to keep the city working, right? It is all the virtue signaling, rioting, looting folks that matter. SMH

Just curious

If the city government could & would shut down their salaries then maybe this mayor and council president would behave like adults instead of throwing temper tantrums like a 2 year old.

Roberto Estrello Demar

If they leave, would they PLEASE take Ted Wheeler and Kate Brown with them?

Brown's and Wheeler's attitudes toward both public and private property do not represent the interests of the good people of Oregon or Portland. The property destroyed and value damaged represent far more of our labors to generate and throw off than the mere retail price tag. To put a thousand dollars in one's hands requires ten thousand dollars worth of labor. And these fools have cost us Millions!

Frederick Fukov

According to the report on FOX last night..downtown businesses have suffered losses totaling over 23 million. Unreal..and the carnage continues. Why? Because Ted and Kate want it to.

Just curious

Are any of these business owners covered with insurance?


Please stay until we have some real leadership. Our 'leaders' are the Politburo elite. They are a clear example of what is wrong with Socialism.


I am not sure what this has to do with socialism... especially because socialism pays for their services. When we all pay for something, weather it directly benefits us or not, that is socialism. Without it, you would have to pay for the police to come to your house, or the fire department.

The issue is that the federal police are not deescalating the situation. That is why they want them out. If you have seen what I have (I am down here every day), then you would know the tension that they are creating down here.

Just curious

To SanchezB Are you there at night too?

Eliza Cassan

Asking the federal security to stay inside, or leave altogether? Letting, no encouraging, rioters to destroy the federal buildings, with zero protection? That's treason!

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