Trump announces reinforcement of federal troops against crime in several cities in U.S.
United States President Donald Trump announced Wednesday a reinforcement of federal troops in the cities of Chicago, Kansas City and Albuquerque, amid controversy over the deployment of government agents in the country.
I am announcing an increase in federal law enforcement in communities affected by violent crimes, Trump said from the White House.
Just over three months after the presidential election, Trump reiterated his mantra of "Law and Order" in an act in which he invited relatives of victims of violent crimes to the White House.
During the ceremony, Attorney General Bill Barr said 200 agents will be deployed in Chicago, 30 in Albuquerque and there are already 200 in Kansas City.
Barr said they are going to work "hand in hand" with the police and that this deployment should not be confused with the riot police in Portland, where the government wants to placate remnants of anti-racism protests after the death of African-American George Floyd in May.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said a distinction must be made between the use of riot police in Portland and the deployment in Chicago where the mission is to protect the public from violent street crimes.
The Democratic mayors of Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City and the capital Washington sent a letter to the Department of Justice to oppose a "unilateral deployment" of federal troops in their territories.