STEPHANOPOULOS: We’re seeing continuing unrest in Portland and Seattle, riots overnight, where federal agents have been sent to protect federal monuments, in Portland that is. And the Justice Department announced this week that it will be sending federal agents to deal with violent crime in many cities across the country, including Albuquerque.
The New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is up next. She’s threatened to sue, and invited the administration to work together first.
Will you take her up on that offer?
MEADOWS: Well, we certainly want to work with the governor not only of New Mexico but of the other three states. There’s two different things. And so, you — I want to separate those for a moment.
In Portland, we have federal agents there that are protecting a courthouse that actually have — has not on been only vandalized, but they’re trying to burn it down, George. I mean, we can’t have this in American cities. And so, as we look at that, you’ve got people there — in fencing (ph) there. But they’re throwing Molotov cocktails and doing all kinds of rioting there in Portland around a courthouse that they desire to burn down.
That’s very different than what we’re doing in Chicago, in New Mexico and in Kansas and other areas, because what we’re trying to do there is come in and help with gang violence and making sure that we make arrests. We’ve already done outside of Chicago.
And so, there — Operation Legend is — is really designed to make sure that those moms and dads who have — who have lost loved ones, who have lost kids and grandkids, and perhaps kids that have lost their parents because of gang violence in these cities, that we come in a very covert way to investigate and work alongside local law enforcement. Attorney General Barr has been willing to do that, is doing that now and certainly working with the governor in that fashion is what we would love to do.