Border patrol commissioner blasts Portland mayor for acting like 10-year-old

Commissioner Mark Morgan says Portland city leadership's actions in handcuffing police, resisting federal help are 'stupid.'

Updated: July 27, 2020 - 8:48am

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan is blasting Portland, Ore., Mayor Ted Wheeler, saying his and other city leaders' failure to address violence in the city or accept federal law enforcement help is "deadly" and "stupid."

"That's not a leader. That's a 10-year-old," Morgan told Fox News in describing Wheeler's conduct.

Morgan said Wheeler's and the city council's decision to reject Department of Homeland Security assistance or let their own police department stop the violence was dangerous. He said communications between city leaders and federal authorities were broken down.

He also rejected Wheeler's suggestion that the violence was escalating because of the arrival of federal forces this week.

"It is just ridiculous. It really is a stupid statement that is not based in reality or fact," Morgan said, saying violent rioters weren't protesters but criminals. "Look the reality here is this violence began in his city well before we deployed additional resources there."

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