President Donald Trump veered off into a rant against immigrants during a speech on Peace Officers Memorial Day.
The president invited the family of slain California police officer Ronil Singh, who was killed Dec. 26 by an undocumented migrant during a suspected drunken driving stop, to make a few remarks during his speech, and then he began talking again.
“So was he as great as they say?” Trump said, and the crowd politely applauded. “He was, he was. I had a feeling you might say that. He was, that’s what I hear from everybody.”
Then he started complaining about immigration laws in a campaign rally-style speech.
“Tremendous problems occurs at the southern border,” the president said, “from drugs to the wrong people to 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 tough way, there is no reason for that. That is why we are calling on Congress to fix our terrible immigration laws.”
“Stop catch-and-release,” he continued. “You catch them and you release them. That doesn’t work too well with all these great officers I’m looking at. They never heard of a thing like that. To end deadly sanctuary cities. 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’s happening. That is causing tremendous problems with crime and other things.”
He praised Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol, and offered a grim description of their duties.
“Each time they went on a shift, they knew it could be their very last,” he said. “When that time came where they knew there was danger, when evil lurked, they did not run, they did not hide. They always ran forward, they answered 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,” he continued. “Moms and dads can sleep soundly at night, kids can play with 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.”
Andrew Cuomo rips Trump like never before: ‘This was the worst government blunder in modern history’
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) on Monday accused President Donald Trump of presiding over "the worse government blunder in modern history."
At his daily COVID-19 briefing, Cuomo said that it was time for the president to hit the "reset button" on his handling of the pandemic.
"If we don't tell the truth on the reset, COVID will never end," the New York governor explained. "It will ricochet across the country. It will just bounce back and forth."
"This was a colossal blunder -- how COVID was handled by this federal government," he continued. "Shame on all of you. Six months, lives lost. Hit the reset button, yes."
Trump snaps at Jim Acosta for reminding him of coronavirus death toll: ‘Fake news CNN’
President Donald Trump on Monday snapped at CNN's Jim Acosta when he reminded the president that the novel coronavirus so far has killed 155,000 Americans.
During a question-and-answer session with reporters, the president boasted that the United States had done an "amazing" job at handling the COVID-19 pandemic, at which point Acosta interrupted him and tried to ask him about the 155,000 people who have died from the disease in just five months.
"The U.S. has so many deaths," Acosta said.
"Hold it!" Trump replied.
"So many countries around the world..."
"Fake news CNN," he said. "Hold it. We have done a great job in this country. We haven't been given enough -- not me, Vice President Pence, the task force -- have not been given the kind of credit."
COVID-19 obituary blames Republicans for Texas man’s untimely end: ‘They blame his death on Trump’
One family in Texas recently used their loved one’s obituary to criticize President Donald Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for allowing “needless” COVID-19 deaths.
David W. Nagy died alone in a hospital bed, leaving behind his "inconsolable wife."
"He suffered greatly from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus and the separation from his much loved family who were not allowed at his bedside," the obituary says.
"Family members believe David's death was needless," the obituary continues. "They blame his death and the deaths of all of the other innocent people, on Trump, Abbott and all the other politicians who did not take this pandemic seriously and were more concerned with their popularity and votes than lives."