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  President Trump Remarks to Law Enforcement  CSPAN  February 13, 2019 8:32pm-8:59pm EST

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around 40,000-49,000 overall. host: a discussion about detention beds with molly o'toole of the los angeles times. republicans.for 202-748-8000 for democrats. announcer: we are going to break away from this and bring you the president from earlier today. [applause] president trump: i have a lot of friends in this room, thank you. a lot of powerful people sitting around that table. thank view everybody, thank you share of judge for your out --
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for yourudd leadership. have done and incredible job. vicet to thank your president, as well as the leaders of the major cities, the chiefs association's. and the houston police chief. where is art? what a job you have done, i'm proud of you. and the phoenix chief, jerry williams. stand up. thank you, jerry. we are grateful to be joined by acting attorney general matt whitaker. [applause]
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together you represent hundreds of officials and personnel across our nation. i have come to deliver a very important message from the american people to you. thank you. that is their message. [applause] pres. trump: i have to say this, you have no idea how much anemic and people love and respect you. you do not hear it. you probably do not hear too much when you have to read it from the fake news, but they love you and they respect you and they really appreciate everything you do. so on behalf of the american people, i thank you all. and i want to thank you for what
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you do in defending our streets and keeping america safe. you and the officers have just done an incredible job. and you love what you do, you would not trade it for anything. i know very few people in your profession that would want to do anything else, right? you wouldn't want to switch with me either. [laughter] pres. trump: it is true. if you do not love it, i used to talk about success all the time, if you do not love it, you will never be successful. and that is one of the reasons you do it so well. i took office, one of my highest priorities was to reduce violent crime. violent crime increased nationwide and murders were up more than 20% before i came to office. the cornerstone of our strategy is revitalizing one of the most effective initiatives in
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history, project safe neighborhoods. this program brings together the law enforcement, community groups and local leaders to get the most violent offenders in the most dangerous areas off of our streets and put them behind s quicklyuickly an -- a and easily as possible. last year, we secured $50 million in funding and i am proud to announce that we are asking congress for even more funding this year, and we will get it. we have deployed nearly 200 prosecutors across the country. in 2018, my administration prosecuted more violent criminals than every before in the history of our country. and we have increased the average sentence for drug trafficking to its highest level in many years. through the combined efforts of everyone here today, violent
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crime is now going down for the first time in a long while. murders in america's largest cities dropped by 6% compared to 2016. the police departments here today have provided us with new pomicide data showing stee declines over the last two years, including an estimated reduction of 16% in new orleans, 27% in newardk, and 30% in milwaukee. that is great, a great job you are doing in those places. in my administration, we understand that reducing crime begins with respecting law enforcement. we will not tolerate smears or slanders or assaults on those who wear the badge. and police are streets. in what it can every american safe, we are making officer safety a top priority, unless
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you would rather not have that. [applause] pres. trump: unless he would rather not have it. but if you wanted, we are doing it. in supportive that goal, more than six under million dollars worth of surplus military equipment has been made available to law enforcement. this is equipment that was rotting. in best of, but rotting warehouse is that the last administration did not want you to have. i have heard the reasoning, but you are getting it and it is coming in droves. and as we get additional equipment, we send it to our great police. it is aofficer is hurt, wound inflicted upon our entire nation. in my administration, we believe that criminals that murder cops should get the death penalty. every day -- [applause] pres. trump: every day, our law
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enforcement officers risk of their lives to defend the lives of others. one week ago, milwaukee officer matthew rittner was murdered as he led a drug raid. detective brian simonsen lost his life when he responded to in armed robbery. we grieve the loss of these great heroes. our hearts go out to their families, and to everyone in the nypd and milwaukee law enforcement community. we will never forget them. tomorrow is also the one year he anniversary -- year anniversary of the horrific parkland shooting. we cannot imagine the suffering that these families have entered. -- endured. our nation pledges our resolved
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to work with the leaders in this room to secure our schools and everywhere else. andnacted the fix nix act at the stop school violence act, which gives grants to schools and law enforcement to improve safety. my administration also formed a school safety commission that recently released its official report, which includes nearly 100 detailed recommendations that really work and really make sense, based on input from families, educators, mental health practitioners, and law enforcement. now, we must work together to turn these recommendations into reality. they are really good recommendations. we need common sense, more common sense overall in our country. nothing is more important than protecting our children. today, i would also like to address an urgent and growing
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threat that impacts of the safety, security and well-being of every american family, the crisis on our southern border. so much crime comes in through our southern border. illegal immigration provides a lucrative cash flow, to put it mildly. and some of the most dangerous criminal organizations on the planet. these deadly cartels flood our cities with narcotics that kill thousands of our citizens, really families. they use fear to get their way. and they terrorize innocent communities on both sides of the border. there is only one moral course of action, to put these ruthless cartels out of business, and out of business fast. [applause] just two days ago, with the help of dea, ice and in
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the fbi, we have such -- adn the the federal prosecutors secured a conviction against el chapo. now looking at a lifetime behind bars. and the prosecutors did an incredible job, the eastern district. an incredible job. a lot of people did a great job with it that. but -- with that. but to defeat these gangs, we must secure the border. that means more law enforcement, closing legal loopholes, endi ding catch and release and finishing the border wall, which we would do. we our very far along. we are building it right now as we speak. and as we review the new
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proposal from congress, i can promise you this -- i will never waver from my sacred duty to defend this nation and its people. we will get the job done. the wall is very, very on its way. it is happening as we speak. in our building as we speak the most desperately needed areas. and it is a big wall, a strong wall, a wall that people are not going through easy. you have to be in extremely good shape to get over this one. [laughter] pres. trump: they would be able to climb mount everest a lot easier, i think. and we have other things happening. we are strengthening the ports of entry. we are using tremendous technology, including drones, but tremendous technology. it all hinges around the walls. if you do not have the walls,
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the technology is almost useless. it is the responsibility of government to establish clear rules for entry and admission into our great country. these immigration laws exist to protect families, our communities and to the security of our nation. when these laws are violated, innocent americans, including millions of hard-working, legal immigrants, are left to pay a heavy price. when we surrender control of our coyotes andders to the smugglers, heart ache and is suffering are the inevitable results. one of the most tragic consequences of our unsecured border is the terrible scorch of human trafficking and sex trafficking that so many of you folks help and work so hard to stop. but with the internet, it is at
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its highest level it has ever been in the history of the world, not just the united states. so many good things happen with the internet, but bad things happen too. we must use every resource at our disposal to stop this evil once and for all. at incredible patriots homeland security are on the front lines of this effort. every day, the courageous men and women of cbp our rescuing women and girls from trafficking, blocking deadly shipments of weapons, and tracking down and removing violent criminals who threaten our people. in the last two years, our brave vice officers have made -- ice officers have made 266,000 arrests. and these are arrests of criminal aliens, including those convicted of approximately 100,000 assaults, 40,000
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larcenies, 30,000 sex crimes, 25,000 burglaries, 12,000 vehicle thefts -- and these are 00w numbers, brand-new -- 11,0 robberies, 4000 kidnappings, and 4000 murders. 4000 murders. t, despite their service, they are subjected to partisan attacks from those on the extreme edge of the political spectrum. it is called the radical left. and they are going further and further left all the time, that is not good. not good for what you do. we condemn these attacks on law enforcement and we salute the heroes that keep us safe. uncontrolled borders not only in danger our communities, they endanger the men and women who
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protect our communities. america will never forget the heroes we have lost, like sinh, who was gunned down by an illegal alien on the day after christmas, leaving behind a wife and a five-year-old son. i got to know his brother, and his brother is a fantastic, young man who is totally devastated. not one more american life should be lost because our nation failed to secure its borders. every american in every community and from every walk of life has a right to live in security, and to live in peace. that is my highest priority as president. and that is the sacred calling and noble mission of every leader in this room.
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nobody does a better job. here with us is sheriff john mcmahon from san bernardino, california. was a young boy, john wanted to follow in his great-grandfather's footsteps and become a law enforcement officer. as a85, he started out patrol deputy. today, john is the sheriff of san bernardino county. inall remember the dark day december of 2015, when terrorists opened fire at an office holiday party in san bernardino. i have spoken about that often. these where people that worked in the office with these other people, they thought they were all friends. but one day they came in shooting. incredible. immediately, john worked with the local police chief to
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respond. their brave officers chased down the tariffs and brought the rampage to a rapid end. sheriff, we thank you and your officers for your service. where is john? where is john? come up here. me up here. come on. that is great. [applause] pres. trump: that was a terrible tragedy, i remember it so well. come up. [applause] [indiscernible] >> a little bit taller than i am. thank you some much for your kind words, mr. president. your support for law enforcement is incredible, and we all thank you for what you have done for us. the relationships we have with
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our federal law enforcement partners are absolutely incredible, better than they have been in my 34 year career. but i think the true heroes, we have to remember this, are the men and women who we get to work with each day that put on the uniform and go do the job of protecting and serving all the communities we are responsible for. you so much. pres. trump: he did a good job. he didn't know he was going to do that. it is always dangerous to have somebody come up and speak, you never know. thank you very much, we are very proud of you. as first responders, our law enforcement officers race to the scene in times of tragedy, including natural disasters, giving everything they have to protect the lives of others. and i have often heard, because i think it is incredible, to
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protect the lives of people they do not know, they do not know these people. but they love these people and they want to protect their lives. pretty incredible. during hurricane harvey, the houston police department led six consecutive days of 24 hour shifts to rescue thousands and thousands of stranded citizens, saved their lives. their officers formed a human chain to pull people out of the rushing floodwaters. they worked through long nights of pouring rain, you remember that one well, that was a big one. i do not believe we have ever had a hurricane that has don't that much water -- dumped that much water on land. it without, came back in. in.became back
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it was terrible. but using small boats and the cajun navy, that is what it was, it was incredible. those officers had their own homes flooded, with their own families being in danger, they kept on serving and kept coming. and people gained even more respect for what you do. earlier, i introduced the houston police chief. art, thank you. joining him today are 10 meters. stand -- leaders. stand up, art. john, i think we will have him up here, too. litereaderstoday, 10 from the houston police department. -- where chief, tony is tony? hi, tony. thanks.
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you have a good representative up here? thanks. assistant chiefs william dobbins, wendy bainbridge, and larry satellite. commanders michael scone, danny ndwards, milton martin, a deputy director and spiegel. get up here. i like these people. i feel very safe with these people. [applause] pres. trump: come on up. you forof you, thanking helping to save countless american lives. i would like you to say a couple of words. >> you are spontaneous, mr. president. [laughter] >on behalf of all of us, this is just speaks to the professionalism, the commitment of our men and women come up
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also our partnership with our federal partners. we could not have survived that event without the coast guard, the fbi and all of our partners that came into supported us. on behalf of all of us, thank you for the recognition and for spending time with america's chiefs and sheriff's. you. [applause] you.ank pres. trump: they just said, that to work. -- back to work. that is true. every department here today is a family, a team. uniform an unbreakable bond that carries you through every challenge, very dangerous challenges. from phoenix to philadelphia, from austin to atlanta, from tulsa to tampa, you prevent
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crime. you get violent offenders off of our streets. and you make sure that the innocent are rescued from incredible danger. you train your deputies to be the very best. you give them the support they need, and you inspire them to never give in, to never back down, to always stand proud as america's brave men and women in blue. bestepresented the very among us. in thericans who get up morning, put on that great uniform, and walk out the door onprotect and to serve dangerous street corners, in dimly lit squad cars, on difficult beats and demanding
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calls, you wear the badge, defend the law and to stand courageous and so very strong. so to every police chief and sheriff here today, and to every officer and deputy across america, to all of law enforcement, we one of her forget -- we will never forget your service and we will never let you down. we will never let you down. [applause] we greatly respect you, we love you, and we think god for you -- thank god for you each and every day. thank you very much. god bless you and god bless america. thank you all. thank you. [applause] thanks, everybody. [applause] pres. trump: thank you,
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everybody. thank you. ♪ comingcer: to spend' -- about on thursday morning, 2020 democratic presidential candidate john delaney on his presidential run. then, the texas republican congressman roy talks about the border security deal. on efforts tor improve school safety. be sure to watch "washington journal," live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on thursday morning. join the discussion. ♪ announcer: "if beale street could talk" received oscar nominations for best supporting actress and best adapted screenplay. on sunday, we will discuss the
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