CNN has reached out to DHS for comment.
For several nights, the largely peaceful protests in the city have turned violent as a small subset of rioters have set fires and launched fireworks at the city’s downtown federal courthouse. The issue has led local Portland city officials and members of the Trump administration to engage in a public war of words over who is to blame for the actions of rioters.
Though Wheeler had already called on the federal agents to withdraw from Portland, his demand for a meeting with DHS signals a shift in his previously entrenched public posture. When asked by CNN last week if he was in touch with Wolf, the mayor downplayed the need for any communication.
“I have no reason to reach him,” he said. “My demands are clear. I want them to leave.”
Wheeler and other Oregon officials have been critical of the tactics of the federal agents. Recent videos from the scenes of the protests show DHS personnel arresting protesters and putting them in unmarked SUVs.
Wheeler himself was tear gassed last week after he joined crowds to listen to protesters and answer their questions in response to the violent clashes between demonstrators and federal forces. It’s unknown at this time who is responsible for deploying the tear gas and there is nothing to indicate the mayor was targeted.
CNN’s Alta Spells contributed to this report.