tv President Trump at National Peace Officers Memorial Service CSPAN May 15, 2019 8:59pm-9:38pm EDT
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following that, lawmakers plan to read the entire redacted mueller report led by chair jerrold nadler, and vice chair mary gay scanlon. live coverage starts at 11:30 a.m. eastern on c-span three. next, president trump speaks at the 38th annual national peace officers memorial service, which honors law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. at one point, the president recognized the family of california police officer ronil singh who was fatally shot during a traffic stop in december. from outside the u.s. capitol wednesday, this is 35 minutes. [applause] pres. trump: thank you. thank you very much. thank you very much. please, thank you. what a beautiful day.
that i have to say this is the most beautiful weather. that brings us a little lock and it brings us a little happiness. you for want to thank the great job you have done. your devotion has been incredible. i have known you a long time. we worked together. congratulations on doing a fantastic job. thank you very much. thank you. thank you, chuck. [applause] i am trump: as president, deeply honored to join in this sacred commemoration for the third year in a row. today in the heart of our nations capital, we come together to pay tribute to the american peace officers who made supreme sacrifice. all in the line of duty, in many cases, for people they never met, for people they did not know. we are here to remember their noble lives, to thank god for
their profound courage and to express our love, respect, everlasting gratitude for the heroes of law enforcement. and that is what they are and they are the heroes of law enforcement. we are pleased to be joined today by attorney general william barr. doing a great job. [applause] secretary acosta, secretary chao, and acting secretary micah linton. thank you also to the members of congress in attendance of which there are many, into the leaders of the order of police, including jim pascoe, linda haney, and chaplin wiggins. to all of the families of our fallen officers, our whole country is praying for you, embracing you, and pledging to
you that we will never, ever leave your side. never disappoint you. your loved ones were extraordinary and selfless americans who gave everything they had in defense of our communities, our children, and our nation. these brave heroes did not put on the uniform for praise or for glory. they wore the badge because it calling, duty, their their noble purpose to serve, protect. like nobody has ever done it before. idealsbodied our highest and greatest obscuration's -- greatest aspirations. they were the very best of us. there was nobody close. today, we engrave their memories into our hearts, and and scribed their names into the eternal roll call of american heroes.
in honor of the fallen, we pledge to always support their brothers and sisters in blue. we stand firmly, strongly, and proudly with the incredible men and women of law enforcement. [applause] pres. trump: you do not hear it nearly enough, but americans across this country love you, they support you, they respect you, more than you would ever know, more than you would frankly ever think even possible. they have a great respect for law enforcement and the job you do. as we memorialize those officers who fell in the line of duty, we also grieve for the 87 officers who died in recent years as a result of exposure to toxic debris following the terrorist attacks of september 11, 2001.
i would like to ask all of the families and fellow officers of those 9/11 heroes to please stand. thank you. please. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much. i can tell you i lived in that city and have lived in that city during that time, and the job they did was incredible. today, we renew our solemn oath that we will never forget. before we read the names of the fallen, i want to share a few of the stories that exemplify the courage of those we honor at the ceremony. lost two, america
extraordinary officers from brookhaven, mississippi, patrolman james white, and corporal zach bulk. james asked his mom to sign a waiver so he could enlist in the army national guard at the age of only 17. nearly 18 years in the military, james became something that he always wanted to be, a police officer. his teammate emma zach, spent time caring for his nieces and nephews and family. on days when he worked the night shift, he would tell them, while you were sleeping, i will always be watching over you. last september, james and zach responded to a report of shots fired at a home. when they arrived, they bravely engaged the shooters. it was a bad two minutes.
it was violent. and it was vicious. within seconds, the killer shot james. at that moment, zach could have a raised -- raced to safety. instead, he raced to the side of his friend. as zach tried to save his teammate, he too was shot and killed giving his life for his brother in blue. today, we remember the words james once told his mom. he said "momma, if i ever die in the line of duty, know that i died doing what i truly loved." this morning, we are honored to be joined by the families of the both of these remarkable officers. jane -- james james,, and sons jc and
and to corporal zach molex mama vicki, dad marshall, and brother chris, your heroes loved their job, they love to their country, and today, their love shines down on you from heaven, they are watching right now, they are watching, they are looking down on you and they are proud. so please, could i have you just stand up, the families, please. please. [applause] pres. trump: thank you. thank you very much. two great men. also here with us for the farrows of investigator
turner and sergeant turns caraway of the florence police department and the great state of south carolina. last october, investigator farah turner went to the house of a man suspected of a crime against a minor. when she and her fellow officers approached, the gunman opened fire from his second-story window. nobody knew it could happen. nobody thought it was even possible. there was no evidence, no anything. but they knew it was trouble. at that very moment, florence police sergeant terrence popular person in that whole area of south carolina, they all-new him, legendary guy, he was on his way
home, he heard the call come over the radio, he sped to the scene, jumped out of his car, and was racing to the rescue. home, he heard the call come key new the bullets were coming. but he kept going forward, and he was struck by one of those bullets. in total, seven officers were shot on that very terrible day. a 30st sergeant caraway, year veteran of the department. as his pastor has said, he wore a badge of love, and every time you were in his presence, you could feel that love. that is what they all say. turner wasr farah also fatally wounded. she passed away several weeks later. in her final days, hundreds of members of the community came to visit her in the hospital, they left her.
they spoke of the way she not only saved them from danger, but changed their lives through her grace, her support, and her prayers. to investigator turner's mom, katie, and sister april, and to sergeant caraway's wife allison and son terrence, brother , your lovedsisters ones died to gate dachshund died today -- your loved ones died today, it was a sad day but they are looking down on you today. they died as they lived, fighting to protect innocent people. we will always remember them. we will always profoundly be grateful to have withkey new th. us two of
the surviving florence officers who were shot that october evening. brian hart and travis scott. brian and travis, your continued service honors the legacy of your great friends. enke for being with us. please stand. [applause] pres. trump: please stand. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much. thank you for being here. the ambushes and attacks on our police must end. and they must end right now. we believe that criminals who murder police officers should with trial, get the death penalty, but quickly. it has to be fair, but it has to go fast. [applause]
pres. trump: and that is happening. fair but fast. fair but fast. in the year before i took office, the number of officers killed in ambushes rose to the highest level in nearly 30 years. in the last two years, thankfully, the number of officers killed in ambushes has decreased by more than 70%. tom very proud to have sent all of the police departments all over the country hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars worth of military equipment that was not being used. beautiful, wonderful, safe, great equipment. that was not being used.
and other administrations do not want to send it. someday you will explain that one to me. has been sent and it has been used and i have had so many people tell me how happy they were and how many lives it saved. we will never back down when it comes to protecting our police. ever. [applause] ever.trump: in my administration, we strongly condemn hateful, anti-police rhetoric. can you are hearing it. you are hearing it. we don't understand it. we don't even think it is possible that they can think or feel this way. that there are some people out there that do. in recent years, another dangerous trend has begun, a number of prosecutors in cities such as philadelphia, chicago, have decided not to prosecute many criminals who pose a severe
threat to public safety and community well-being. every prosecutor takes an oath to uphold the law not to advance a political agenda. [applause] pres. trump: last year in shotdelphia, a person was and gravely injured, he was a good man. he will never be the same. serve this criminal a sentence that is a very short. in fact, they are looking at about three years, if you can believe this. three years. dangerous criminals must be punished. to the fullest extent of the law. that is the only language they understand.
and those who file false police reports should face full legal consequences. [applause] pres. trump: every american child deserves to grow up in a community that is secure and safe from violence and free of fear. here with us today is the family of california police officer ronell saying -- ronil singh. they are an incredible family they just left the oval office. we took pictures. it is not an easy situation what they are going through. frankly, they are going through hell. ronil came to this country legally in 2003 with a dream of earning the badge of an american police officer that was always his dream. and that is exactly what ronil
did. he devoted his life to defending the laws of our country. on christmas night, he took a picture in front of the family christmas tree with his beautiful wife, their beloved son, and sam, their loyal police dog. it is a picture that all of us saw, i remember it so vividly, i will never forget it. i did not know i would get to know the family and greet the family and show the family the lincoln bedroom at the white house. i didn't know that. but it is an extraordinary family. i will never forget the picture. singh headed out on duty, which he loved, to protect and to serve. you all know the story.
hours later, he was gunned down and killed during a simple traffic stop. was a vicious killer, this man that crossed into our country from the border just a little while before, a vicious killer that could have been kept out with border security. with the wall. with whatever the hell it takes. could have been kept out. [applause] but we are getting it there, we are building the wall, we are beefing up like you would not believe, the military is coming to action. people are trying to come into our country illegally because our country is doing well, they can't come in illegally. they have to come in through the legal system, they have to come in through merit. they cannot come in like this killer came in, just rode across the border, went through every
sign he could go through. but the family especially. ronil was special. and today, we are really grateful to be joined by wife, and their precious 10 month old son. where are you? they are here someplace. stand up please. [applause] pres. trump: also here are his great parents, and his brother, where is reggie, his brother? reggie. what a great family. [applause] reggie, come up here, will you please? come on up. this is unexpected, but this family, i tell you, you get to know some people, come on up. they may let you up. i think so. [laughter] pres. trump: i think reggie is
ok. come on up, reggie. how about bringing that beautiful boy up. come on up. come on. singh, come on up. you know what, mom and dad. come on up. wife and baby. come. this is an incredible family. that's great. to see it to understand what it is all about. it is hard to imagine what they have been through. hard to imagine. reg.on up, you did not know you would be doing this. sorry, reggie.
reggie: the white house has reached out to us multiple times. multiple times. i don't think that has ever happened before. ever. this man is amazing. my family supports him. thank you. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much, folks. thank you. take care of yourselves. [applause] thank you verypres. trump: thay much. no, no, i don't want to speak. actually i do. i like that. i think that's great. >> it is something i did not get to do at the office. i want to thank you personally. you are the only one that i like that.ched
out and gave your condolences to the family, and it actually means a lot to outlaw -- out loved ones. and that is what i want for my husband. pres. trump: thank you. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much. so beautiful. such a beautiful family. there will be justice. justice will happen. we have the people and we have this. . we have the mindset. we are taking care of our law enforcement officers.
and we are taking care of everybody. but we cannot imagine your pain. just doing that, reggie, thank you very much. i can't fathom what you have been through, but we pledge to you the unwavering love and support and devotion of this entire nation. we have a great nation. and it is getting better and better every day. it is getting stronger. we are not relying on outside forces and outside countries that don't really care about us other than to take advantage of our people and our system. our nation is strong again. and getting stronger every single minute. are morehe singh's than 10 other family members and close friends along with 22 of his fellow officers. please stand, would you? please stand. 22 officers. thank you. [applause]
pres. trump: was he as great as they say? he was. he was. i had a feeling you might say that. he was. that is what i hear from everybody. thank you very much for being here. we appreciate it. you remind us all that when our heroes fall, our communities stand together as one to get stronger. we will always remember corporal singh as a hero, and a truly great american. lifene more american should be lost because our lawmakers failed to secure our borders. tremendous problems are caused at the southern border from drugs to the wrong people being allowed to come in because of a corrupt and broken system that can be changed in 20 minutes. 20 minutes. if they want to change it.
in the meantime, we have to do it the tuff way. and there is no reason for that. that is why we are calling on congress to fix our terrible immigration laws, stop catch and release. you catch them in the release them -- and you release them. that doesn't work very well with these great officers i am looking at. cities,deadly sanctuary to stop the visa lottery program where they take lottery systems, and a country will put you into a lottery, and then deposit you into the united states. i don't think most countries are giving us their finest, do you agree? and that is what is happening. and it is causing tremendous problems with crime. and other things. i have to tell you, border patrol and ice and just law enforcement in general, the job they have done in the job they
are doing is incredible. what they have to go through, the bravery, i have gotten to know so money, especially at the border, and what they have to do in the danger is incredible. but they do it. until then, it is something they love to do. they feel they are doing it for their country. and they do it well. to every mom and dad, brother and sister, spouse and child of the brave, fallen officers we honor today, america joins together in expressing our love and gratitude, our grief, and our firm resolve to be with you every single step of the way. we will never let you down. your loved ones were the finest and the bravest and they are all looking down right now, they are looking down on their families. every time they put on the badge, they know they might not make it home. and so did their families know that. each time they went on a shift,
they knew it could be there very last. came whereat time they knew there was danger, when people lurked, they did not -- when people lurked, they did not run, they did not hide, they always ran forward. they answer the call, they gave their lives for all of us. the men and women of law enforcement devote their lives to protecting our children, securing our streets, and keeping our communities safe. moms and dads can sleep soundly at night, kids can play with the neighbors outside, and grandparents can feel at peace in their homes because they know america's officers are the absolute best and they are always on the beat. the courage and sacrifice of our heroes is the reason our flag stands tall and bravely.
our hearts beat with pride. and our country remains one people, one family, and one nation under god. [applause] pres. trump: today, we thank you, we honor you, and we forever cherish the memory of our fallen men and women in blue .n b god bless you, god bless our law enforcement, god bless the fallen and god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. thank you. thank you. [applause]
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