WASHINGTON (AP) Developments on Monday, May 15, about President Donald Trump’s remarks to law enforcement personnel (all times Eastern Daylight Time).
- 12:25 p.m.
The president paid tribute to the “brave souls” who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
Trump spoke outside the U.S. Capitol at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.
“Attacks on our police are a stain on the fabric of our society,” he said. It’s “time to work with our cops, not against them.”
Trump said it was his duty as president to keep America safe “from crimes, safe from terrorism and safe from all enemies — foreign and domestic.”
He said at the center of that duty is the “requirement to ensure law enforcement personnel are given tools and resources they need to do their jobs and come home to their families safely.”
- 10:42 a.m.
President Trump wants the Justice Department to develop strategies to prevent and prosecute violent crimes against law enforcement.
He said police officers have “had it with what’s going on” and noted 118 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2016.
Trump signed a proclamation to mark Peace Officers’ Memorial Week and Police Week.
The president told police officers with him in the Oval Office that “some of you have suffered greatly and we’re going to take care of it.”