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Thu Jul 23, 2020, 07:06 AM

Trump's Remarks on Operation LeGend: Combatting Violent Crime in American Cities


Remarks by President Trump on Operation LeGend: Combatting Violent Crime in American Cities

Issued on: July 22, 2020

East Room
3:57 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: A great honor to be with you today. And being here is a real a really important moment, as far as Im concerned. My first duty as President is to protect the American people, and today Im taking action to fulfill that sacred obligation.

In recent weeks, there has been a radical movement to defund, dismantle, and dissolve our police departments. Extreme politicians have joined this anti-police crusade and relentlessly vilified our law enforcement heroes. To look at it from any standpoint, the effort to shut down policing in their own communities has led to a shocking explosion of shootings, killings, murders, and heinous crimes of violence. This bloodshed must end. This bloodshed will end.

Today, Im announcing a surge of federal law enforcement into American communities plagued by violent crime. Well work every single day to restore public safety, protect our nations children, and bring violent perpetrators to justice. Weve been doing it, and youve been seeing whats happening all around the country. Weve just started this process, and, frankly, we have no choice but to get involved.

With us today is Attorney General Bill Barr thank you, Bill, very much; Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf Chad, thank you; and FBI Director Christopher Wray thank you, Chris, very much.


Our announcement today is a demonstration of our commitment to the men and women who serve as police officers in Chicago, Albuquerque, and Kansas City. Your efforts to protect these communities are not forgotten.

So, too, this announcement and Operation LeGend, as a whole, is also a commitment to the families of LeGend Taliferro, Jackie Vigil, and Vernado James [Jones] that those names will not be forgotten. We will not rest until justice is delivered for your loved ones.

Thank you.


Please. Please. Please, Sam.

MR. VIGIL: I would start off by thanking you for you know, I never imagined that I would be in the same room with the most powerful person on Earth. And thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: (Inaudible.)


And, Mr. Attorney General, thank you very much. Chad, thank you very much. Do a good job; I have no doubt you will. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you.

See you later. Thank you.

END 4:29 P.M. EDT

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