White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany said the «Trump administration will not stand by and allow anarchy in our streets» to the media in Washington, DC on Friday, in defence of the use of federal forces during protests in Portland.
McEnany said, «we've seen lawlessness, anarchy and destruction that threatens peace in our streets and the safety of our fellow American citizens and the safety of our brave law enforcement officers.»
«The federal government has a sworn duty to uphold the laws of the United States through field offices and federal facilities across the country. These agents protect and serve the American people,» she added.
On Thursday the Justice Department announced it will probe the actions of federal law-enforcerment in Portland in the wake of clashes with protesters.