President Donald Trump said Monday that Baltimore and several other cities will receive “more federal law enforcement” but provided no information about why and what resources would be provided.
Trump, speaking at a White House briefing, said law enforcement in several major cities “are restricted from doing anything. They can’t do anything,” and that he would provide “more federal law enforcement” to several cities, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Baltimore and Oakland.
Trump did not elaborate on his comments, including what additional resources he has in mind.
The announcement seemed to come as a surprise to the Baltimore police department and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. A Baltimore police spokeswoman said she did not have information on additional resources being sent this way and deferred comment to federal agencies. Hogan’s spokesman said the governor’s office has not been contacted about any federal involvement in Baltimore.
And a spokeswoman with the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s office declined to comment.
Trump’s afternoon announcement cited the recent Portland protest, where demonstrations clashed with camouflaged federal agents - many with no name tags or even markings to identify which federal agency they work for - outside Portland’s U.S. courthouse.
“They really have done a fantastic job,” Trump said of the federal agents’ actions, which have been condemned by Portland’s mayor and Oregon’s governor, among many others.
Trump commended the law enforcement efforts in Portland, calling many of the protesters “anarchists.”
Trump also spoke of recent violence in Chicago, saying “how about Chicago, would you say they need help after this weekend?”
The Chicago Tribune reported Monday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is planning to deploy about 150 federal agents to Chicago to assist other federal law enforcement and Chicago police in fighting-crime.
A spokesperson from Homeland Security did not respond to an inquiry from The Baltimore Sun Monday.
Previously, Baltimore was named one of seven cities to receive federal dollars and personnel as part of a program to combat violent crime. The other cities selected for the program were Albuquerque, New Mexico; Cleveland; Kansas Cityi; Memphis, Tennessee; and Milwaukee.
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