Monday, July 20, 2020

Cuccinelli defends federal response in Portland, says could extend to other cities | TheHill

Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli on Monday said defended the Trump administration's use of federal officials to detain individuals in Portland, Ore., and said that the widely criticized federal law enforcement efforts could extend to other cities should they see spikes in violent protests.

During an interview with CNN's "New Day," the Cuccinelli claimed that the Trump administration had become aware of “intelligence about planned attacks on federal facilities” in and around Portland after watching weeks of protests in the city.

"We backed up the Federal Protective Service, which is responsible for protecting the courthouse there," Cuccinelli said. "We've been there ever since, wearing, by the way, the very same uniforms every day, and the crowd has seen them every day."


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