Trump orders 150 federal agents into Chicago despite city's mayor Lori Lightfoot rejecting it as 'unconstitutional conduct' amid accusations of 'secret police' tactics in Portland
- White House is to send 150 federal agents to Chicago in echo of deployment in Portland, Oregon
- Black Lives Matter protesters swelled to as many as 2,000 people Monday outside the Portland Justice Center
- The group of mothers and fathers formed a human barrier between demonstrators and police at the protest
- It was the third night the 'wall of moms' took to the streets, singing 'hands up, please don't shoot me' at cops
- Monday night's protest also included fathers in orange shirts alongside the mothers who wore yellow
- Portland has seen nearly two months of nightly protests since George Floyd's death in Minneapolis on May 25
- Reported plan to send 150 Homeland Security agents to Chicago
- Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted 'militarized assistance'
The White House cast aside protests from local government officials Tuesday about the deployment of armed federal officers to quell protests inside cities that say they don't want assistance as President Trump demands 'law and order.'
The administration is planning to send 150 federal agents to combat violence in Chicago, but for now is not saying which agency they will come from or what their mission will be.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany provided a legal justification for sending Homeland Security officials to Portland, pointing to a statute that allows the feds to deputize officials to protect federal property, following a clash at a federal courthouse in Portland.
But she did not state what legal authority Trump would exercise to dispatch 150 federal agents to Chicago – among a handful of cities experiencing violent crime where Trump said he would insert federal forces, despite angry pushback from Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
'It's egregious what's happening,' McEnany said, rattling off a number of incidents where people who joined protests have thrown objects at officers.
'President Trump is taking action in Portland, even though you have a Democrat mayor and Democrat governor unwilling to work with us in the situation. We are surging resources along with secretary [Chad] Wolf at DHS and augmenting the federal protective service to safeguard federal property,' she said.
'It's egregious what's happening,' White House press secretary McEnany said, rattling off a number of incidents where people who joined protests have thrown objects at officers.
BY THE BOOK: McEnany pointed to a section of the U.S. code allowing agents to be deputized to protect a federal building
Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted 'militarized assistance' she did not request