Trump demands America respect law enforcement an hour after attacking FBI
President Donald Trump addressed the FBI on Friday and called for militarized police forces and execution of anyone who kills a law enforcement officer.
After his hyperactive impromptu presser on the White House lawn Friday morning in which he bashed the FBI, Trump spoke to a gathering at the agency with awe and reverence and insisted, “The president of the United States has your back 100 percent.”
Trump touted his reversal of the Obama administration’s ban on municipal police departments’ use of surplus military equipment against civilians.
“Just as I promised, we are allowing our local police to access surplus military equipment,” said Trump, “something the previous administration for some reason refused to do. Explain that one. Explain it to me, please. Never understood that one. Somebody out there can explain it. Anybody want to stand up and explain it?”
He also called for the execution of “criminals who kill law enforcement officers,” but the death penalty is illegal in 18 states and the District of Columbia.
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