(CNSNews.com) – “Anti-police sentiment is wrong, dangerous, and we will not stand for it,” President Donald Trump told graduates of the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Va.
“In the last two years, America’s seen a tragic rise in violent crime. In 2015 and 2016, we witnessed the steepest two-year consecutive increase in murders in nearly half a century. And you look at what’s going on in Chicago. What the hell is going on in Chicago? What the hell is happening there?” Trump asked.
“For the second year in a row, a person was shot in Chicago every three hours. You don’t think these people in this room could stop that? They’d stop that. And just north of our nation’s capital in Baltimore, on average someone was murdered nearly every day of this year. Police departments are overstretched, and they’re totally underappreciated, except by me,” he said.
“Instead of holding up our police as the role models and mentors they are, they have been subjected to malicious attacks on their character and their integrity. This anti-police sentiment is wrong, dangerous, and we will not stand for it,” the president said.
“Most concerning of all, we have seen an alarming increase in violent assaults carried out against our police officers. Last year, an officer was assaulted in America on average every 10 minutes. In 2016, more than 140 officers lost their lives serving in the line of duty,” he noted.
“These deaths fill our hearts with pain and with grief. Every drop of blood spilled from our men and women in blue is a wound inflicted on our nation, and when a brother or sister in uniform is hurt, on that day all of America bleeds blue,” Trump said.
The president noted that one of his first executive orders was to instruct the Department of Justice to “take all necessary steps and legal action, to protect law enforcement from acts of violence against them.” He said the DOJ also announced more than $98 million in grant funding to help local police departments hire new officers.
“Also, just as I promised, we are allowing our local police to access surplus military equipment, something the previous administration for some reason refused to do,” Trump said.
The president also called out what he called “fake news” in the back of the room.
“You see there’s the fake news back there. Look. Fake news! No, actually some of them are fine people, about – let’s see who’s back there? Yeah, about 30 percent,” he said.