WATCH: McEnany Says 40 U.S. Code 1315 Gives Trump Authority to Act in Portland

Earlier today, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany answered a question from ABC’s Jonathan Karl on what gives Trump and DHS authority to send federal law enforcement to Portland to quell protests.

Jonathan Karl:

Where in the Constitution does the president derive the authority to send federal law enforcement officers to the streets of American cities against the will of the elected officials in those cities?

Kayleigh McEnany:

They can be deputized for the duty, in connection to the protection of property owned or occupied by the federal government and persons on that property. When a federal courthouse is being lit on fire and commercial fireworks being shot at it, being shot at the officers I think that falls pretty well within the limits of 40 U.S. Code 1315.

Jonathan Karl:

…How far does that power extend to the streets of Portland. What are the limitations of that, the authority to protect it?”

Kayleigh McEnany:

Under the law we believe they can conduct investigations of crimes committed against federal property or federal officers. In the case where you have someone shooting off a commercial grade firework and then running across the street, we don’t believe that extends past the jurisdiction.

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