'Those who file false police reports should face full legal consequences,' says Trump as he smacks Chicago prosecutor who let Jussie Smollett go

  • President Donald Trump appeared to take a slap on Wednesday at the Cook County state's attorney who let Jussie Smollett off the hook
  • At a memorial for slain police officers, the president seemed to refer to the former 'Empire' star as he complained about people who file false police reports
  • 'A number prosecutors in cities such as Philadelphia and Chicago have decided not to prosecute many criminals,' he said in a speech at the U.S. Capitol
  • Trump said: 'Every prosecutor takes an oath not to uphold the law, not to advance a political agenda'
  • 'And those who file false police reports should face full legal consequences,' he added to loud cheering from the crowd of law enforcement
  • Trump also talked about his border wall in the context of a California police officer's death at the end of last year
  • Called Ronil Singh's wife and brother to the stage to give impromptu remarks 

President Donald Trump appeared to take a slap on Wednesday at the Cook County state's attorney who let Jussie Smollett off the hook for filing a fake police report.

At a memorial for slain police officers, the president seemed to refer to the former 'Empire' star as he complained about people who file false police reports.

'In recent years another dangerous trend has begun, a number prosecutors in cities such as Philadelphia and Chicago have decided not to prosecute many criminals who pose a severe threat to public safety and community well being,' he began. 'Every prosecutor takes an oath not to uphold the law, not to advance a political agenda.'   

Critical address: Trump used his speech at the Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the Capitol to attack prosecutors for not taking action on false reports to police - a coded attack on the Jussie Smollet case

Critical address: Trump used his speech at the Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the Capitol to attack prosecutors for not taking action on false reports to police - a coded attack on the Jussie Smollet case

Salute to the fallen: Trump spoke at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill

Salute to the fallen: Trump spoke at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill

Trump didn't mention Smollett by name but the shot at Chicago and false police reports seemed to be aimed in the actor's direction

Trump didn't mention Smollett by name but the shot at Chicago and false police reports seemed to be aimed in the actor's direction

Not mentioned by name: Chicago is considering a special prosecutor for the case that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx first recused herself from, and then may have interfered in before Smollett escaped prosecution

Not mentioned by name: Chicago is considering a special prosecutor for the case that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx first recused herself from, and then may have interfered in before Smollett escaped prosecution

Hail to the chief: Trump was saluted by law enforcement as he was led into the event by an officer from Horry County Police, South Carolina

Hail to the chief: Trump was saluted by law enforcement as he was led into the event by an officer from Horry County Police, South Carolina

Bipartisan event: Speaker Nancy Pelosi was present for the memorial service and shook hands with Trump

Bipartisan event: Speaker Nancy Pelosi was present for the memorial service and shook hands with Trump

He used Philadelphia as an example of a place where criminals are allegedly getting away with lenient sentences.

'He was a good man. He'll never be the same,' he said. 'But he may serve, this criminal, a sentence, that is very short.'

Trump said that three years isn't enough. 'Dangerous criminals must be punished to the fullest extent of the law. That's the only language they understand,' he said.

'And those who file false police reports should face full legal consequences,' he said to loud cheering.

Trump didn't mention Smollett by name but the shot at Chicago and false police reports seemed to be aimed in the actor's direction.

Chicago is considering a special prosecutor for the case that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx first recused herself from, and then may have interfered in before Smollett escaped prosecution.

Smollett is no longer on the program that was renewed this week for a final season after writing his character out of the show. 

Trump led into the attack with commentary on the 'hundreds of millions and even billions' of military equipment his administration has repurposed for police.

'And other administrations didn't want to send it. Someday you'll explain that one to me, but it's been sent, it has been used, and I've had so many people tell me how happy they were were and how many lives it saved. We'll never back down when it comes to protecting our police. Ever,' he said.

He said, 'In my administration, we strongly condemn hateful anti police rhetoric, and you're hearing it, you're hearing it. We don't understand it. We don't think it's even possible that they can think or feel this way. But some people out there do.'

He abruptly brought up prosecutors and false police reports before he moved on to one of his favorite punching bags: Illegal immigration and the border wall.

He said that California police officer Ronil Singh would still be alive were it not for America's porous border. 

Law enforcement address: Trump used his speech on the steps of the Capitol to demand the death penalty and 'fast' trials for cop-killers

Law enforcement address: Trump used his speech on the steps of the Capitol to demand the death penalty and 'fast' trials for cop-killers

Memorial moment: Families of fallen police officers were saluted by other members of law enforcement as they arrived for the service

Memorial moment: Families of fallen police officers were saluted by other members of law enforcement as they arrived for the service

Podium: Trump spoke on a platform he shared with other law enforcement officers and (second from right) Bill Barr, his attorney general, and (right) Elaine Chao, the transportation secretary

Podium: Trump spoke on a platform he shared with other law enforcement officers and (second from right) Bill Barr, his attorney general, and (right) Elaine Chao, the transportation secretary

Mark of respect: Law enforcement officers raised flags as Trump left the podium on the steps of the Capitol to return to the White House

Mark of respect: Law enforcement officers raised flags as Trump left the podium on the steps of the Capitol to return to the White House 

Honor guard: Law enforcement officers from across the country were present for the memorial and saluted Trump as he arrived

Honor guard: Law enforcement officers from across the country were present for the memorial and saluted Trump as he arrived 

Gathering place: Law enforcement officers and their families gather for the annual memorial service for fallen personnel

Gathering place: Law enforcement officers and their families gather for the annual memorial service for fallen personnel

Tribute: Led by the color guards, members of families arrive at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service

Tribute: Led by the color guards, members of families arrive at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service

Greeting: Trump shook hands with audience members as he made his way to the stage for the memorial service

Greeting: Trump shook hands with audience members as he made his way to the stage for the memorial service

Top law enforcement officer: Trump was flanked by his attorney general, Bill  Barr, at the service

Top law enforcement officer: Trump was flanked by his attorney general, Bill  Barr, at the service

Greeting: Trump shook hands with the FBI director, Chris Wray, who stood beside (left) the acting Homeland Security secretary, Kevin McAleenan

Greeting: Trump shook hands with the FBI director, Chris Wray, who stood beside (left) the acting Homeland Security secretary, Kevin McAleenan

Singh's family was in the audience for the president's Capitol Hill speech on Wednesday morning.

'It's not an easy situation what they're going through. Frankly, they're going through hell,' he said.

Trump recalled how an illegal immigrant gunned down Officer Singh during a routine traffic stop around the Christmas holiday.

'A vicious killer, that could have been kept out with border security, with the wall, with whatever the hell it takes. Could have been kept out. But we're getting it there. We're building the wall. We're beefing up like you wouldn't believe. The military is come into action.'

He said, 'People are trying to come into our country illegally because our country is 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 killer came in. Just rode across the border, went through every sign he could go through,' he alleged.  

Trump called the slain officer's wife, Anamika, their 10-month-old son, Arnav, and Singh's brother Reggie to the stage.  

Reggie Singh thanked attending officers and poured praise on Trump, who said he'd met with the family before the event in the Oval Office. The president said the meet and greet turned into a full-on tour that included the Lincoln Bedroom of the residence.

Singh told officers, 'This man over here, the Singh family supports him, whatever he is doing for the law enforcement, we support him. His team at the White House has reached out to us multiple times, multiple times. I don't think that has ever happened before, ever. This man is amazing and my family supports him.'

Anamika signaled to Trump that she did not want to speak. She changed her mind, and said, through tears, 'Actually I do want to say something.'

'I actually want to thank you personally. You are the only one who actually reached out and gave your condolence to the family and it actually means a lot to all of our law enforcement families that are here for the sacrifice my husband and his brothers in blue and his sisters in blue have given. 

'So I want to thank you. And we all, every family sitting out here wants justice for what happened to their loved ones, and that's what I want for my husband,' she said.

Trump told the family, ' There will be justice, justice will happen....But we cannot imagine your pain. I mean doing that, just doing that, Reggie, thank you very much.'

'We'll always remember Corporal Singh as a hero and 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, from drugs, to the wrong people being allowed to come in because of a corrupt and broken system that could be changed in 20 minutes. 20 minutes, if they want to change it. 

He said, 'In the meantime we have to do it the tough way, and there's no reason for that.' 

Trump said he would get rid of the diversity visa lottery and sanctuary cities.  He said that border patrol and immigration agents are doing a tremendous job.

His White House later announced that he would deliver an address on Thursday, in which he will lay out his plan for legal immigration.


 

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