DONALD Trump has warned “we’re sending people in to New York” putting himself on a potential collision course with the state’s governor Andrew Cuomo.
The US President, 74, indicated Friday that federal forces would be sent “to help out” after personnel were deployed on the streets of Chicago and Portland.
Donald Trump said that federal forces would be sent to New York City to ‘help out’[/caption]
New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the state would sue if federal forces were sent to NYC[/caption]
Feds were sent to Portland to stamp out disturbances on the city’s streets[/caption]
Mr Trump told Barstool Sports: “You look at what they’re doing to cities – every city is run by a liberal democrat and they’re going to hell.
“We just sent people in to Chicago. We’ve sent people in to Portland.
“We’re sending people to New York, to help out.”
He did not explain why federal forces would be sent.
Mr Trump made the comments after Mr Cuomo said he had received reassurances from the president that federal agents were not being sent.
While New York City is experiencing a rise in gun crime this would be seen as an issue for the city rather than a federal problem.
Mr Trump has been thinking about the idea of sending troops in for a number of days.
“I’m going to do something — that, I can tell you,” he told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday.
“Because we’re not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these — Oakland is a mess.
We’re sending troops to New York, to help out
President Donald Trump
“We’re not going to let this happen in our country. All run by liberal democrats.”
The President told Cuomo he would discuss the deployment of agents with the governor before making any decision.
Cuomo said: “The president has sent troops to Portland, Oregon. The president is sending troops to Chicago.
“He has suggested he would send troops to New York City – troops, federal agents, whatever.
“I don’t believe there is any justification in doing that. There are not any federal buildings that need protecting.”
He added that sending federal troops would be “inflammatory”.
”’The president and I had a good conversation,’ he said.
“He said he would not be sending troops into New York City – he did not say, period, ad infinitum, but he said that we would talk before he did anything.”
I believe it is blatantly unconstitutional
New York governor Andrew Cuomo
Mr Cuomo said that should federal troops be sent to New York City, the state would sue.
“I believe it is blatantly unconstitutional,” he said.
Mr Trump’s decision to send forces to Portland and Chicago has been met with widespread resistance in both cities.
Forces from a number of federal agencies have been on the streets of Portland for much of July, causing the city’s mayor Ted Wheeler to say their presence inflamed tensions.
Federal agents have been battling protesters on a nightly basis recently in Oregon, leading the attorney general to file a legal bid to restrict their operations.
The suit was rejected by a judge on Friday.
A number of other lawsuits have been filed by private parties against the federal agents, who have been arresting protesters from unmarked vehicles, and Ellen Rosenblum, the attorney general, said she hoped their suits would be more successful.
“Every American needs to be concerned about what’s happening in Portland,” Ms Rosenblum said.
“It could be happening in your city next.”
Mr Trump said he was pleased with the approach of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) team in Portland, even though there has been a surge in protests, including from a “Wall of Moms” demanding the federal forces leave.
On Monday, the president declared the deployment of the DHS taskforce a success.
“In Portland, they’ve done a fantastic job,” he said.
“They’ve been there three days, and they really have done a fantastic job in a very short period of time.”
Mr Trump’s decision to send in federal agents to stamp out gun violence in Chicago has also been met with anger.
Attorney General Bill Barr suggested at that around 200 new agents could end up in Chicago.
A Justice Department press release said Chicago would get 100 new federal investigators.
It also said 100 officers from the US Marshal’s Service and 100 from the Homeland Security Department would be reassigned to the Chicago portion of a crime-fighting effort known as Operation Legend, which was launched in Kansas City, Missouri, last month.
The agents in Kansas City were tasked to nvestigate homicides, shootings and violent crime in co-operation with local law enforcement agencies, officials said.
The plan for Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico, does not appear to include federal agents actively engaging with protesters.
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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Barr both said the mission in Chicago and Albuquerque would differ from the objective in Portland.
Agents from the Special Response Team, operated under US Customs and Border Protection, were sent to Seattle on Thursday.
Mr Trump has also suggested the possibility sending federal forces to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee in coming weeks.
Federal forces in Portland tear gas protestors[/caption]
Federal officers grapple with a woman during a protest in Portland[/caption]