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Oregon Governor Says Federal Troops Will Begin Thursday With ‘Phased Withdrawal’ From Downtown Portland

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) – The Governor of Oregon said in early Wednesday that federal agents who have clashed with protesters in Portland are said to begin a “phased withdrawal” from Oregon’s largest city.

Governor Kate Brown said the officers will leave downtown on Thursday.

President Donald Trump, who addressed the White House press corps while departing for a fundraising trip to Texas, had insisted just prior to Brown’s announcement that federal forces would not leave the city before Brown and Portland mayor Ted Wheeler ” securing the city “and failing that,” we will have to go in and clean it up. “

MarketWatch contributed.