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President Donald Trump told law enforcement today at the Major Cities Chiefs Association Winter Conference that the “dishonest media” is to blame for misleading Americans to believe that police officers were no longer respected in the country.
Trump asserted that many young Americans had “tremendous respect” for law enforcement, despite what they might have heard on the news.
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He explained that young people considered law enforcement officials as “role models” and even wanted to be a police officer or a sheriff when they grew up.
“Don’t let anyone ever tell you different, don’t let the dishonest media try and convince you that it’s different than that, because it’s not,” Trump said, as the audience applauded.
The President said that he would have “zero tolerance” for acts of violence against law enforcement officials, acknowledging that they had experienced difficulties in the past few years.
Trump said that law enforcement had been unfairly undermined in recent years, and deserved unity and support.
“Those who demonize law enforcement or use the actions of a few to discredit the service of many of many are hurting the very people they say they want to help help,” he said.