President Trump Remarks at 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial…

Earlier today President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence attended the 37th Annual National Peace Oficers’ Memorial in Washington DC. A very moving tribute to a very special group of people; and President Trump personalized the honors for multiple families in attendance.

[Transcript] THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Chuck. I want to start by saying that Melania is in the hospital doing really well. She’s watching us right now. And I want to thank the incredible doctors — Walter Reed Medical Center. They did a fantastic job. So thank you. (Applause.) And she sends her love.

I also want to thank Jim Pasco, Linda Hennie, Chaplain Wiggins, and everyone at the Fraternal Order of Police and all you do to ensure our brave people that we’re so proud of — we are honored to have these cherished officers, and we’re honored to have all of you with us today. And it’s my great honor to be here for the second time. And I’ll see you, I guess, about another six times. And then, after that, perhaps — (applause) — perhaps you’ll have had enough. (Laughs.)

We stand with our police and we stand with you 100 percent. And I think we’ve shown that. Vice President Pence, members of my Cabinet, members of Congress, and distinguished guests: Thank you for joining us on one of the most important and solemn occasions of the year: the day we pay tribute to law enforcement heroes — and that’s what they are, heroes — who gave their lives in the line of duty. They made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in safety and in peace.

To the families and survivors with us this morning, I know today is filled with sadness and pain. But today is also filled with love — the love of an entire nation wrapped its arms. And they have wrapped their arms right around you. They love you. They’re praying for you, they’re grieving with you, and pledging to you that we will never forget our heroes, ever. (Applause.) And thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) You know what I mean. You know what I mean. They’re looking down and they’re proud of you, and they love you so much. Thank you.

This morning, I especially want to speak to the young sons and daughters who join us here today. I want you to know that your moms and dads were among the bravest Americans to ever live.

When danger came, when darkness fell, when destruction loomed, they did not flinch. They were not afraid. They did not falter. They stared down danger, raced down alleys, chased down criminals, kicked down doors, and faced down evil. Brave. And they did it all with courage, with dignity, with pride, with love for their nation and with love for their families. They lived every day of their lives by that most sacred calling: “to serve and protect.”

Their immortal legacy lives on in each and every one of you. Their strength lives in your soul, their courage glows in your heart, and their blood flows in your veins. And today, every American heart bleeds blue. (Applause.) That’s for sure.

This morning, I want to share with you, the American people, a few stories about the heroes we have gathered to celebrate and remember.

With us today is the family of Lieutenant Aaron Allan –special — of the Southport Police Department in Indiana, his wife Stacy, and his two sons, TJ and Aaron. Where are they? Where are they? Where are they? Yes. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.)

Lieutenant Allan was an Air Force veteran. After his service, he followed his childhood dream to become a police officer. He served in law enforcement for 20 years. No job was too great; no job was too small. He took extra shifts at night, and he was always available. He stopped by to say hello to members of his community. During Christmastime, he took children in need shopping for presents. He was always there for anybody that needed him. In 2015, he was given the Officer of the Year Award after saving two lives.

Last year, Lieutenant Allan walked his son to the bus for his first day of kindergarten. Just hours later, Lieutenant Allan was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Since then, the whole Southport community has come together to support the Allan family. And I hear that if you go to the police station, you’ll find that 6-year-old Aaron Jr. — and he’s up there, and he’s giving orders. And he is respected and loved by everybody there. And his father was a true hero.

To Stacy, TJ, and Aaron, today, all of America sends you our love and our support. Allan will live in our hearts forever. Thank you. (Applause.) Incredible man.

Today we are also joined by Savannah and Ayzayah Hartfield, along with their amazing mom, Veronica. Where are you? Where are you? Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) We honor their father and husband, Officer Charleston Hartfield of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. As many of you remember, Officer Hartfield was off duty attending a concert with Veronica, when that horrible shooting began in Las Vegas last October.

Officer Hartfield, an Army veteran, immediately leapt into action, rescuing the wounded and shielding the innocent. You all read about it. I remember it so well. As he did, he was shot and killed by rounds of gunfire. He knew he was right in the path, and it made no difference. He gave his life so that countless others could live.

Savannah and Ayzayah, your dad was a guardian angel to those in need. Now he is keeping watch on you from Heaven. Very special family and a very special man. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

Also here with us today is the family of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez from El Paso, Texas. Agent Martinez, known as “Roger” to his friends and family, worked on a dangerous part of the southern border — a part that you’ve been reading about so much lately, and a part that we’re doing a lot with.

Agent Martinez took immense pride and joy in serving his country as a Border Patrol agent. He was extremely proud of what he did. Every day, he would go to work and risk his life to keep America safe. Roger said he wanted to prevent terrorists and drugs from coming into our country — we all do and we’re going to get it done — but that’s exactly what he did. He bravely confronted the cartels, the smugglers, the human traffickers, the gangs that threaten our communities. One night, last November, Agent Martinez died in the line of duty. It was horrific. It was violent. And he was brave.

To Agent Martinez’s mom, Eliva, his son Sergio, and the entire Martinez family: Roger’s profound and unselfish love of country is an inspiration to every American — everybody here and everybody here, and to me, I can tell you. A great inspiration. (Applause.) Thank you. We will always remember Agent Martinez, and we will honor his noble sacrifice by continuing his vital mission.

The first duty of government is to protect our citizens, and the men and women of DHS are on the front lines of this incredible, heroic fight. That is why we are calling on Congress to secure our borders, support our border agents, stop sanctuary cities, and shut down policies that release violent criminals back into our communities. We don’t want it any longer. We’ve had it. Enough is enough. (Applause.)

Recently, MS-13 gang members called for the assassination of New York City police officers so the gang could, quote, “take back the streets.”

They got it wrong. We are the ones who are taking back the streets. We are getting them out of our country by the thousands. (Applause.) Every week, we’re setting new records on — we have a catch-and-release program, too. It’s called, we catch them and we release them in the country they came back from. (Applause.) We’re getting them out or we’re putting them in prison.

The Trump administration has a policy, and it’s very clear: We will protect those who protect us and who do such a great job in protecting us. (Applause.) That is why, as I promised all along, that we are allowing local police to access the surplus military equipment they need to protect our officers and law enforcement agents and save their lives. And they are taking equipment at a record clip. Millions and millions of dollars of surplus equipment is going to our police departments. (Applause.)

If we want to bring down violent crime, then we must stand up for our police. We must confront and condemn dangerous anti-police prejudice. Can you believe there’s prejudice with respect to our police? We’re not going to let bad things happen to our police. (Applause.) So we must show appreciation, gratitude, and respect for those who police our streets and patrol our communities.

In 2016, an officer was assaulted in America on an average of every 10 minutes — can you believe that? It’s outrageous and it’s unacceptable. We must end the attacks on our police and we must end them right now. (Applause.) We believe criminals who kill our police should get the death penalty. (Applause.) Bring it forth.

One of the most alarming crimes taking place against our police are ambush attacks. Think of that — ambush attacks. I have directed the Justice Department to do everything in its power to defend the lives of American law enforcement.

We are honored to be joined today by the family of Detective Miosotis Familia. (Applause.) Detective Familia was a proud member of the New York Police Department. Where is that family? Where is that great family? Great family. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Can you come up here? This is a great — come up here, please. Come on. I’d like to have this family. (Applause.) New York Police Department, close to my heart. Come on. Can you open those gates, please? (Applause.)

So I promised I wouldn’t tell you that she’s 90 years old. But you know what? She is really something, right? (Applause.) You look like 55, maybe? Fifty-five, huh? Boy, I’ll tell you what — you got up those stairs better than I did. (Laughter.) Thank you, sweetheart. Thank you.

So I just want to say, the officer just — say something. You know what I’d like you to do? Say how great she was. Come here. He’s done this before. (Applause.) Say how great she was. You just told me something, that this was a great partner. Go ahead. Don’t get nervous.

OFFICER MAHER: All right, that was unexpected. (Laughter.) Yes, my name is Officer Maher. I was Detective Familia’s partner the night she was killed. And I knew her for about 10 years. I worked with her on and off. This is a woman who got injured a while ago, and volunteered to come back to patrol to one of the roughest places in New York City. She volunteered to come back, to leave a cushy job, to come back to patrol. She was only there for about two weeks, and I had the honor of being with her that night. And she may have been lost that night, but she saved a lot of lives in turn because of her memory and everything that transpired after the fact. She was an incredible person, and she is missed by the family. This family is — forget it, they’re incredible. (Applause.) Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. These are special people. They’re just special, special people. And I want to tell you that, last year, just a few hours after the city of New York celebrated the Fourth of July, Detective Familia was on duty in her vehicle, not far from Yankee Stadium. Big Yankee fan? You’re all Yankee fans, right?

She was ambushed by a man for the simple reason that she was a member of the police department — she was a member of law enforcement. That was the simple reason. The attack, because she was so incredible, was just looked upon so horribly. Her family — when people met the family, they saw what an incredible person she was. I just want to say that, to your entire family, it’s such an honor to have you up here. We weren’t going to bring you up, but I looked at you in the audience and I said, you have to come up, because you’re representing something so important. You understand that. She loved the department. She loved being a police officer. She loved her job. She was respected by everybody. They told me all about her. She was respected by everybody.

So she’s right now, right there. And she’s looking down, and she’s so proud of you. She’s so proud of you. And you are great. You are great. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

Stay. Yeah, we’ll go down together. Okay? I told them to stay. We’ll go down together. I’m almost finished. Right? We’ll go down together.

So to all the families here today who have lost a loved one, I’d like to ask you to all please stand. Please stand. You lost mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters. And America lost incredible heroes. But they will endure forever — forever and ever — you know that. They’re going to endure for — she’s going to endure forever. She will endure forever, in our memories and our hearts and in the countless lives they touched through their courage and through their grace. Their legacy will never die. Your mom’s legacy will never, ever die. You have good genes. Right? Good genes. The best genes I’ve ever seen. (Laughter.)

In a moment, we will listen to the roll call of these great, fallen officers. As we read the names of your loved ones, we engrave them into the eternal chronicle of American valor. And when that siren blares, when the squad car races down the street, when the police officer steps forth confident and proud and strong — so brave in that crisp, blue uniform — we will think of you. We will think of your incredible daughter. We will be thinking of her. We will be thinking of all of the heroes we lost, and we will thank God for the men and women of law enforcement.

Thanks again to all of our wonderful police, our sheriffs, and all of law enforcement and law enforcement officers. You’re incredible people. You are the finest. You are the greatest. You are our heroes.

God bless you. God bless our fallen heroes. God bless their families. And God bless America. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

[Transcript End]

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45 Responses to President Trump Remarks at 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial…

  1. jfw2017 says:

    What a beautiful speech. It made me cry.

    Liked by 14 people

  2. Publius2016 says:

    Very moving ceremony! Thank President Trump! All the blessings to you, Melania, and family. Get well soon!!

    Liked by 8 people

  3. PDJT really has heart and knows how to show it and bring people in. No phony crap, just real human touch.

    Liked by 21 people

  4. Wretched1 says:

    Coincidence?

    “the insurance file” refers to Anthony Wiener’s laptop. [187] refers to killed/murdered

    Anonymous ID: 7a7695 1416216 📁
    May 15 2018 00:31:36 (EST)
    >>1416190
    The stuff about the NYPD isn’t just coming out. I’d heard about that during the campaign. But maybe the public wasn’t ready for it yet? No one wanted to believe it then.
    Q !4pRcUA0lBE ID: 352a77 1416382 📁
    May 15 2018 00:41:09 (EST)
    >>1416216
    Find the [2] NYPD detectives [187] mid 2017.
    Did they view the insurance file?
    Threats are real.
    This is not a game.
    Q

    Followed by:

    Q !4pRcUA0lBE ID: 563afa 1419926 📁
    May 15 2018 11:20:08 (EST)
    Did you catch it?
    [speech]
    What NYPD detectives were [187] mid 2017?
    Officer Familia [1]
    Godspeed, Patriot.
    We will never forget.
    Q

    Liked by 8 people

    • Wretched1 says:

      And then followed by:

      JJ JJ ID: 88457c 1419965 📁
      May 15 2018 11:22:24 (EST)
      >>1419926
      .@POTUS: “I have directed the Justice Department to do everything in its power to defend the lives of American law enforcement.”
      Q !4pRcUA0lBE ID: 563afa 1420066 📁
      May 15 2018 11:28:34 (EST)
      >>1419965
      Do you trust POTUS?
      Does POTUS trust SESSIONS to protect the lives of our brave law enforcement?
      Our Country?
      Reconcile.
      Would SESSIONS be AG (still) if DEEP STATE?
      Critical thinking dismisses fictional clickbait claims.
      Q

      Guess you can draw your own conclusions as to Q’s existence/relevance (look at the time stamp of the 1st drop posted – “May 15 2018 00:41:09 (EST)” Either Q wrote PDJT’s speech and directed PDJT to call the officer’s partner onto the podium, or he’s pretty darn close to “the action.” IMHO

      Liked by 15 people

      • kalima444 says:

        a message to deep state about assassinating police officers.. and what punishment will be…

        Liked by 5 people

      • cali says:

        Detective Familia was one of the NYPD officers who viewed ‘the insurance file’ on Weiner’s laptop ergo the assassination.
        President Trump today send a message to HRC and gang that he knows why she was murdered but also signal that the laptop content is making its way into the public eye.

        None other Rudi Guiliani will be the one bringing the pain to many that were all found in this insurance file.

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    • John Doe says:

      Officer Familia’s family is the family POTUS invited on stage today. Seems likely it was a bigly signal to DOJ/FBI that he knows what they did (last summer).

      Liked by 13 people

  5. L. Gee says:

    This man cracks me up: “And I’ll see you, I guess, about another six times. And then, after that, perhaps — (applause) — perhaps you’ll have had enough.”

    Two marks of a great person: 1) They treat the nameless people who do the grunt work with tremendous respect and 2) they have no problem poking fun at themselves!!!

    Trump has both qualities, which makes him double GREAT! I’m saddened to think what we’re going to do after six years! Who will fill his shoes?

    Liked by 17 people

    • no-nonsense-nancy says:

      And that was exactly how the people thought when George Washington was president. They didn’t know how he could be re[laced.

      Like

  6. Pam says:

    This was a very moving ceremony. It was so sweet and touching to see the little 90-year-old lady and POTUS having a special warm moment. Most dems wouldn’t have been that compassionate to these families. We are truly blessed to have the president that we have.

    Liked by 18 people

  7. L. Gee says:

    Came back to say that I can only imagine what the majority of police officers have been through in the last ten years. Going from Ovomit who didn’t give a piss ant’s piss about officers (and clearly showed it in every way possible, including in the worst way by calling out people to kill them) to Trump who looks these hurting families and officers in the eyes and says, “We see you. We know your pain. We know what you do to keep us safe, the sacrifices you have made and are still making to ensure that we can live life normally. We can’t do much to ease your pain or make your job easier, but we recognize you and we honor and respect you.”

    I was wrong: I said I could imagine this, but I can’t even do that. That kind of giant leap from Ovomit’s total impudence to Trump’s love and support are beyond my imagination. I can only hope that these people see the difference, and having endured under the former, can truly appreciate the latter.

    Liked by 12 people

    • Ad rem says:

      Fished you out of the bin…. 😦

      Liked by 1 person

    • adam3wade says:

      I started my law enforcement career in 2008. During the Obozo years it was one bad thing after another. I watched as law enforcement was slandered by everyone including the government. Officers who acted in the line of duty, and were found justified in what they did by an investigation, where none the less vilified and all but driven from their chosen profession. Anyone remember Darren Wilson? There are so many like him that cannot work in law enforcement ever again. Not because they did anything wrong, but because they were so vilified no department will eve hire them.

      It is so nice and so reliving to have a President who stands behind us. None of us in law enforcement ask for recognition, nor do we necessarily want it. All we ask for is a little respect and for someone to have our back when we need it.

      Liked by 13 people

  8. calbear84 says:

    Holder / Ozero started a war on law enforcement officers that was disgraceful and treasonous. Thank God for a real American president in Donald J. Trump.

    Liked by 8 people

    • Mark McQueen says:

      Ozero clearly hoped he could provoke a violent reaction from our side so he could escalate the plan. Thankfully America didn’t bite and most of his people weren’t THAT stupid.

      Liked by 2 people

  9. Pam says:

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  10. Pam says:

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  12. bessie2003 says:

    I loved how the President honored the family of the fallen Officer. To have her mother, and children and other family members come on stage, her partner speak – what a loving thing to do! What a wonderful moment!

    Liked by 5 people

  13. Jesse says:

    Thank you, Mr. President. I’ve been a cop for 15 years. With President Trump, I actually believe that I’m being supported.

    It was a long 8 years under the former president. We were ignored, vilified, and blamed for problems that we had nothing to do with. Our brothers and sisters were charged with crimes when they had a split second to make a decision about whether or not to use force. Their actions were examined using hindsight rather than what the officer knew at the time. Good men and women left the profession because they weren’t supported. I hope we get them back.

    Policing is in a new age with technology, instant criticism, and our actions heavily scrutinized by people who’ve never been involved in a knock down, ugly, use of force.

    Thank you for being patient with us police officers as we hunt the wolves that would hurt our beloved public.

    Liked by 13 people

    • ImHopeful says:

      Thank you, Jesse… thank you and all of your fellow officers for protecting and serving all of us.

      Liked by 4 people

    • adam3wade says:

      It has been sad to watch the drain on the profession. I have seen many good officers leave for other lines of work. The constant vilification is not worth it. We used to have testing sessions at my department where 300 people would show up to test for 10 positions. Now we are lucky if we get 10. I hope this is the start of the pendulum swinging back the other way.

      Liked by 4 people

      • JC says:

        Ten days ago I attended the graduation of a beloved niece’s husband (nephew-in-law?) from the Denver Police Academy. There were 54 in his class. He requested, and received, the roughest district as his first assignment. I am proud of him, admire him for his choice of careers, and my prayers follow him wherever he goes. I am beyond grateful that his President supports him and his fellow officers as they put themselves in harm’s way to protect us.

        Liked by 4 people

  14. GB Bari says:

    Thank you Sundance for posting the transcript of the Presidents speech.
    It’s on the record and many will archive it so that the history revisionists cannot dispute Trumps genuine concern for the people and heroes who make this country work.

    Liked by 7 people

  15. kayray444 says:

    What I love about POTUS TRUMP is that on so many occasions it’s not about him and he knows that. He is a wonderful person and we are so blessed to have him as our President.

    Liked by 4 people

  16. emet says:

    I sent a letter addressed to the “Honorable Eric Holder”, but it was returned marked “no such person”.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. thomaspain1961 says:

    The deep state’s machinations have left thousands of United States citizens dead before their time with scores of family members grieving, while the deep state actors repose in luxury.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. CNN_sucks says:

    I voted today. Trump need more MAGA people behind him.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. TreeClimber says:

    I wish we had good LEOs in our area. :/ Unfortunately I know from personal experience that the cops in my city are dirty, and at least two neighboring cities/towns also, with educated suspicions about the rest.

    Like

  20. Missing Andrew says:

    Complete event

    Like

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