Earlier today President Trump delivered a speech during the 38th annual National Peace Officers Memorial tribute. During remarks President Trump invited the family of slain police officer Ronil Singh to the podium. Singh was shot in addition to killed in Newman, California during a traffic stop in December 2018. The accused gunman was from the US illegally in addition to had previously been arrested twice for DUI.
[Transcript] U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – 11:50am EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you very much. Please, thank you. What a beautiful day. Third time. in addition to I have to say, This specific will be the most beautiful weather, generating sure which brings us a little luck in addition to which brings us a little happiness.
Chuck, I want to thank you for the great job which you’ve done. Your devotion has been incredible. I’ve known you a long time. We work together. in addition to congratulations, truly, on doing a fantastic job. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you, Chuck. (Applause.)
As President, I am deeply honored to join in This specific sacred commemoration for the third year in a row. Today, from the heart of our nation’s capital, we come together to pay tribute to the American Peace Officers who made supreme sacrifice, all from the line of duty, in many cases for people they never met, for people they didn’t know.
We’re here to remember their noble lives, to thank God for their profound courage, in addition to to express our love, respect, everlasting gratitude for the heroes of law enforcement. in addition to which’s what they are in addition to were: the heroes of law enforcement.
We’re pleased to be joined today by Attorney General William Barr — doing a great job — (applause) — Secretary Acosta, Secretary Chao, in addition to Acting Secretary McAleenan. Thanks also to the members of Congress in attendance, of which there are many, in addition to to the leaders of the Fraternal Order of Police, including Jim Pasco, Linda Hennie, in addition to Chaplain Wiggins.
To all of the families of our fallen officers: Our whole country will be praying for you, embracing you, in addition to pledging to you which we will never, ever leave your side, never disappoint you. Your loved ones were extraordinary in addition to selfless Americans who gave everything they had in defense of our communities, our children, in addition to our nation.
These brave heroes did not put on the uniform for praise or for glory. They wore the badge because which was their duty, their calling, their noble purpose to serve, protect like nobody has ever done which before. They embodied our highest ideals in addition to greatest aspirations. They were the very best of us. There was nobody close.
Today, we engrave their memories into our hearts in addition to inscribe their names into the eternal roll call of American heroes.
In honor of the fallen, we pledge to always support their brothers in addition to sisters in blue. We stand firmly, strongly, in addition to proudly with the incredible men in addition to women of law enforcement. (Applause.)
You do not hear which nearly enough, however Americans across This specific country love you, they support you, they respect you — more than you might ever know; more than you might, frankly, ever think even possible. They have great respect for law enforcement in addition to the job you do.
As we memorialize those officers who fell from the line of duty, we also grieve for the 87 officers who died in recent years as a result of exposure to toxic debris following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
I might like to ask all of the families in addition to fellow officers of those 9/11 heroes to please stand. Thank you. Please. (Applause.) Thank you very much. I can tell you I live in which city, in addition to lived in which city during which time, in addition to the job they did was incredible.
Today we renew our solemn oath which we will Never Forget. Before we read the names of the fallen, I want to share a few of the stories which exemplify the courage of those we honor at This specific ceremony.
Last year, America lost two extraordinary officers through Brookhaven, Mississippi: Patrolman James White in addition to Corporal Zach Moak.
James asked his mom to sign a waiver so he could enlist from the Army National Guard at the age of only 17. Nearly 18 years from the military, James became something which he always wanted to be: a police officer. His teammate, Zach, spent time caring for his nieces in addition to nephews in addition to family. On days when he worked the night shift, he might tell them, “While you are sleeping, I will always be watching over you.”
Last September, James in addition to Zach responded to a report of shots fired at a home. When they arrived, they bravely engaged the shooters. which was a bad two minutes. which was violent in addition to which was vicious. Within seconds, the killer shot James. At which moment, Zach could have raced to safety; instead, he raced to the side of his friend. As Zach tried to save his teammate, he too was shot in addition to killed, giving his life for his brother in blue.
Today we remember the words James once told his mom. He said: “Mama, if I ever die from the line of duty, know which I died doing what I [truly] loved.”
This specific morning, we are honored to be joined by the families of both of these remarkable officers. To Patrolman James White’s mom Laurie, in addition to dad Darrell, in addition to sons JC in addition to James, in addition to to Corporal Zach Moak’s mom Vickie, dad Marshall, in addition to brother Chris: Your heroes loved their job, they loved their country, in addition to today their love shines down on you through Heaven. They’re watching right currently. They’re watching. They’re looking down on you, in addition to they’re proud.
So, please, could I have you just stand up? The families, please. Please. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much. Two great men.
Also here with us just for This specific ceremony are the families of Investigator Farrah Turner in addition to Sergeant Terrence Carraway, of the Florence Police Department from the great state of South Carolina.
Last October, Investigator Farrah Turner went to the house of a man suspected of a crime against a minor. When she in addition to her fellow officers approached, a gunman opened fire through his second story window. Nobody knew which could happen. Nobody thought which was even possible. There was no evidence, no anything. however they knew which was trouble.
At which very moment, Florence Police Sergeant Terrence Carraway, a very common person in which whole area of South Carolina — they all knew him; legendary guy — he was on his way home. He heard the call come over the radio. He sped to the scene, jumped out of his car, in addition to was racing to the rescue. He knew the bullets were coming, however he kept going forward in addition to he was struck by one of those bullets.
In total, seven officers were shot on which very terrible day. We lost Sergeant Carraway, a 30-year veteran of the department. As his pastor has said, he wore “a badge of love.” “in addition to every time you were in his presence, you could feel which love.” which’s what they all say.
Investigator Farrah Turner was also fatally wounded. She passed away several weeks later. In her final days, hundreds of members of the community came to visit her from the hospital. They loved her. They spoke of the way she not only saved them through danger however changed their lives through her grace, her support, in addition to her prayers.
To Investigator Turner’s mom Katie in addition to sister April, in addition to to Sergeant Carraway’s wife Allison in addition to son Terrence, brother Daniel, in addition to sisters Sanovia in addition to Ngozi: Your loved ones died the day — which was a sad day. however they’re looking down on you currently. They died as they lived: fighting to protect innocent people. We will always remember them.
We will always profoundly be grateful to have with us two of the surviving Florence officers who were shot which October evening: Brian Hart in addition to Travis Scott. Brian in addition to Travis, your continued service honors the legacy of your great friends. Thank you for being with us. (Applause.) Please stand. Please stand. Thank you very much. Thank you for being here.
The ambushes in addition to attacks on our police must end, in addition to they must end right currently. We believe which criminals who murder police officers should immediately, with trial, get the death penalty — however quickly. The trial should go fast. (Applause.) which’s got to be fair, however which’s got to go fast. (Applause.) in addition to which’s happening. Fair however fast, right? Fair however fast.
from the year before I took office, the number of officers killed in ambushes rose to the highest level in nearly 30 years. from the last two years, thankfully, the number of officers killed in ambushes has decreased by more than 70 percent.
I’m very proud to have sent to all of the police departments all over the country hundreds of millions — in addition to even billions — of dollars’ worth of military equipment which wasn’t being used. Beautiful, wonderful, safe, great equipment which wasn’t being used. in addition to various other administrations didn’t want to send which. Someday, you’ll explain which one to me. (Laughter.)
however which’s been sent in addition to which’s been used, in addition to I’ve had so many people tell me how happy they were in addition to how many lives which saved. We’ll never back down when which comes to protecting out police, ever. (Applause.) Ever.
In my administration, we strongly condemn hateful anti-police rhetoric. in addition to you’re hearing which. You’re hearing which. We don’t understand which. We don’t think which’s even possible which they can think or feel This specific way. however there are some people out there which do.
In recent years, another dangerous trend has begun. several prosecutors in cities such as Philadelphia in addition to Chicago have decided not to prosecute many criminals who pose a severe threat to public safety in addition to community well-being. Every prosecutor takes an oath to uphold the law, not to advance a political agenda. (Applause.)
Last year, in Philadelphia, a robber shot in addition to gravely injured a deli owner. He was a Great man. He’ll never be the same. however he may serve — This specific criminal — a sentence which will be very short. In fact, they’re looking at about three years, if you can believe This specific. Three years.
Dangerous criminals must be punished to the fullest extent of the law. which’s the only language they understand. (Applause.) in addition to those who file false police reports should face full legal consequences. (Applause.)
Every American child deserves to grow up in a community which’s secure in addition to safe through violence, in addition to free of fear. Here with us today will be the family of California Police Officer Ronil Singh. in addition to I’ve gotten to know his family; they’re an incredible family. They just left the Oval Office. We took pictures. in addition to which’s not an easy situation, what they’re going through. Frankly, they’re going through hell.
Ronil came to This specific country legally in 2003 with the dream of earning the badge of an American police officer. which was always his dream. in addition to which’s exactly what Ronil did: He devoted his life to defending the laws of our country.
On Christmas night, he took a picture in front of the family Christmas tree with his beautiful wife, their beloved son, in addition to Sam, their loyal police dog. which’s a picture which all of us saw. I remember which so vividly. I’ll never forget which. I didn’t know I’d get to know the family in addition to greet the family in addition to show the family the Lincoln bedroom at the White House. I didn’t know which. however which’s an extraordinary family. however I’ll never forget the picture.
Then, Corporal Singh headed out on duty — which he loved — to protect in addition to to serve. You all know the story. Because hours later, he was gunned down in addition to killed during a simple traffic stop. He was a vicious killer, This specific man which crossed into our country through the border just a little while before. A vicious killer which could’ve been kept out with border security, with the wall, with whatever the hell which takes. (Applause.) Could’ve been kept out.
however we’re getting which there. We’re building the wall. We’re beefing up like you wouldn’t believe. The military has come into action. People are trying to come into our country illegally because our country will be doing well. They can’t come in illegally. They have to come in through the legal system. They have to come in through merit. They can’t come in like This specific killer came in — just rode across the border, went through every sign he could go through.
however the family will be special. Ronil was special. in addition to today we’re truly grateful to be joined by Corporal Singh’s wife Anamika in addition to their precious 10-month-old son Arnav. Where are you? They’re right here someplace. Stand up, please. (Applause.)
in addition to also here are his great parents, Rohini in addition to Veer, in addition to his brother. Where will be Reggie? His brother, Reggie. (Applause.) What a great family. Reggie, come up here, will you, please? Come on up. Come on.
This specific will be unexpected, however This specific family, I tell you, I’ve — you know, you get to know some people. Come on up. They may let you up. I think so. (Laughter.) I think Reggie will be okay. Come on up, Reg.
How about bringing which beautiful boy up? Come on up. Come on. Mrs. Singh, come up. (Applause.) Come on up. You know what? How about mom in addition to dad, too? Come on up, mom in addition to dad, in addition to wife in addition to baby. Come on up. Come. This specific will be an incredible family. (Applause.)
which’s great. Got to see which to understand what which’s all about. which’s hard to imagine what they’ve been through. Hard to imagine. Come on up, Reg. You didn’t know you’d be doing This specific, Reggie. Sorry, Reggie. (Laughter.)
MR. SINGH: I am the brother of Corporal Ronil Singh. I’d like to thank every single law enforcement officer over here. What you guys go through — I heard stories through my brother.
This specific man over here, the Singh family supports him. Whatever he will be doing for the law enforcement, we support him. (Applause.) His team at the White House has reached out to us multiple times. Multiple times. I don’t think which ever happened before. Ever. This specific man will be amazing, in addition to my family supports him. Thank you. (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.
MR. SINGH: Thank you.
THE PRESIDENT: I’m proud of you.
MR. SINGH: Thank you.
THE PRESIDENT: Want to say something? Want to say? Thank you, sweetheart. So cute. (Laughter.)
Thank you very much, folks. Thank you. Please. Thank you. You take care of yourself. Great job. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.)
MRS. SINGH: Actually, I do want to say something.
THE PRESIDENT: Oh. She said, “No. No, I don’t want to speak. Actually, I do.” I like which. (Laughter.) I think which’s great.
MRS. SINGH: which’s something I didn’t get to do at the office. I actually want to thank you personally for — you’re the only one which actually reached out in addition to said — gave your condolence to the family. in addition to which actually means a lot to all of our law enforcement families which are here. For the sacrifice my husband in addition to his brothers in blue, in (inaudible) blue, have given.
So I want to thank you for which. in addition to we all — every family sitting out here wants justice for what happened to their loved ones. in addition to which’s what I want for my husband. (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you. which’s truly (inaudible). Thank you.
Thank you very much. So beautiful. Such a beautiful family. in addition to there will be justice. Justice will happen. We contain the people, in addition to we contain the spirit, we contain the mindset. We’re taking care of our law enforcement officers in addition to we’re taking care of everybody.
however we cannot imagine your pain — I mean, doing which — just doing which, Reggie, thank you very much — fathom what you’ve been through. however we pledge to you the unwavering love in addition to support in addition to devotion of This specific entire nation. We have a great nation, in addition to which’s getting better in addition to better every day. which’s getting stronger. We’re not relying on outside forces in addition to outside countries which don’t truly care about us, various other than to take advantage of our people in addition to our system. in addition to our nation will be strong again in addition to getting stronger every single minute.
Joining the Singhs are more than 10 various other family members in addition to close friends, along with 22 of his fellow officers. Please stand, might you? Please stand. Twenty-two officers. Thank you. (Applause.)
So, was he as great as they say? Huh? He was.
THE PRESIDENT: He was. I had a feeling you might say which. He was. which’s what I hear through everybody. Great. Thank you very much for being here. We appreciate which.
You remind us all which when our heroes fall, our communities stand together as one. They get stronger. We’ll always remember Corporal Singh as a hero in addition to a truly great American.
Not one more American life should be lost because our lawmakers failed to secure our borders. Tremendous problems are caused at the southern border — through drugs, to the wrong people being allowed to come in because of a corrupt in addition to broken system which can be changed in 20 minutes — 20 minutes, if they want to change which.
from the meantime, we have to do which the tough way. in addition to there’s no reason for which. which’s why we are calling on Congress to fix our terrible immigration laws, stop catch-in addition to-Discharge; you catch them in addition to you Discharge them. which doesn’t work too well with all these great officers I’m looking at. They never heard of a thing like which.
To end deadly sanctuary cities. To stop the visa lottery program, where they take lottery systems in addition to a country will put you into a lottery in addition to then deposit you into the United States. I don’t think most countries are giving us their finest. Do you agree? in addition to which’s what’s happening. in addition to which’s causing tremendous problems with crime in addition to various other things.
in addition to I have to tell you, Border Patrol in addition to ICE, in addition to just law enforcement in general, the job they’ve done in addition to the job they’re doing will be incredible. What they have to go through — the bravery. I’ve gotten to know so many, especially at the border. in addition to what they have to go through, in addition to the danger, will be incredible. however they do which. in addition to to them, which’s something they love to do. They feel they’re doing which for their country. They love to do which. in addition to they do which well.
To every mom in addition to dad, brother in addition to sister, spouse in addition to child of the brave fallen officers we honor today, America joins together in expressing our love in addition to our gratitude, our grief, in addition to our firm resolve to be with you every single step of the way. We will never let you down.
Your loved ones were the finest in addition to the bravest. in addition to they’re all looking down. Right currently, they’re looking down on their families. Every time they put on the badge, they knew they might not make which home. in addition to so did their families know which. Each time they went on a shift, they knew which could be their very last. in addition to when which 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 in addition to women of law enforcement devote their lives to protecting our children, securing our streets, in addition to keeping our communities safe. Moms in addition to dads can sleep soundly at night, kids can play with neighbors outside, in addition to grandparents can feel at peace in their homes because they know America’s officers are the absolute best in addition to they’re always on the beat.
The courage in addition to sacrifice of our heroes will be the reason our flag stands tall in addition to bravely, our hearts beat with pride, in addition to our country remains one people, one family, in addition to one nation under God. (Applause.)
Today, we thank you, we honor you, in addition to we forever cherish the memory of our fallen men in addition to women in blue. You are very special people. There are nobody like you. Nobody.
God bless you. God bless our law enforcement. God bless the fallen. in addition to God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much. Thank you.
Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.)