Trump's FBI Speech

The president laments politicization, but pledges his full support to the nation's law enforcement.

Political Editors · Dec. 18, 2017

On Friday Donald Trump headed over to Quantico, Virginia, to give a speech to graduates of the FBI National Academy. As he was leaving the White House, Trump briefly answered question from the press on recent statements from the White House deputy press secretary that called out “extreme bias” within the FBI. Trump responded, “It’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI, but we’re going to rebuild the FBI. It’ll be bigger and better than ever.”

Trump has been regularly criticized by many in the mainstream media for his comments regarding the state of the nation’s intelligence agencies, and specifically the FBI. But in his speech, Trump was upbeat and highly complimentary of the nation’s top law enforcement agency. He praised the graduates for their courage, hard work and willingness to sacrifice for the good and safety of the nation. Trump emphasized that “we protect those who protect us,” while he condemned the current “anti-police sentiment” as “wrong” and “dangerous, and we will not stand for it.”

Trump pledged his support to law enforcement saying, “With me as your president, America’s police will have a true friend and loyal champion in the White House, more loyal than anyone can be.” He added that “the president has your back, 100%.”

Some other key remarks:

You are always there for us, the men and women in blue, in the dark of night, in the rush of danger, you break down doors, race down alleys, chase down suspects and bring down criminals. And you do it with strength, and skill and pride.

There’s a reason that your children look up to you with their eyes full of awe and full of wonder. … Because to them and to all of us, and to me, you are the guardians who keep us safe, who ward off danger and who confront evil so that the good will always prevail. You represent the best of America and you leave us with a debt we can never hope to repay.

Today, we honor you. We thank you. And we know that by your example some of the children here today and watching at home will be inspired to fill your shoes, to continue your service, to follow in your footsteps and to take the oath, to carry the badge, to wear the shield and to join the ranks of heroes.

Thank you to our police. Thank you to our sheriffs. Thank you to the FBI. And thank you to our law enforcement families. God bless you all.“

The MSM has tried to paint the situation as one of Trump seeking to undermine the credibility of America’s top law enforcement agency, but, as with the MSM, it is the FBI that has done the most harm to its own credibility. As the saying goes, a few bad apples can spoil the bunch. Trump has called out the fact that there are some bad apples that are hampering Americans’ trust in the agency.

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