Trump Hosts Police Union Leaders at White House

Chicago's FOP President Dean Angelo joined the National President of the Fraternity of Police and eight other union police leaders from across the country in the meeting with the president.

Hosting several members of the police union in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Trump reiterated his commitment to law enforcement.

The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, Jim Pasco, told Reuters after a White House meeting between the president and police union leaders on Tuesday that the move to restrict grants from sanctuary cities could hurt police departments.

"Sadly our police are often prevented from doing their jobs", Trump continued. Angelo, in a news release last week, said national officials of the Fraternal Order of Police had invited him to meet with "key members" of the Trump administration. Almost 700 more have already been shot since January of this year, alone. "My highest duty as president is the security of our people, the security of our nation", said President Trump.

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Angelo said he wants to ensure that any federal resources offered get to where they are supposed to go.

"We will work every day to remove gang members and drug dealers from your communities".

In a move that concerned the Fraternal Order of Police, one of Trump's biggest supporters in the 2016 election campaign, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that the Justice Department would restrict grants to jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities. "Local law enforcement know their communities best and the Trump administration is trying to undermine their role by threatening to take away critical funds that make our communities safe and keep criminals off the streets".

"Those programs that are necessary to help reduce crime in Chicago, we feel certain the administration is going to work with us to help reduce, especially gun violence, in the city of Chicago", said FOP president Chuck Canterbury.

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