KANSAS CITY, Mo. — President Donald Trump visited Kansas City on Friday, speaking at a national conference for law enforcement officials.
He spoke at the Westin at Crown Center for the Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference. The event is for law enforcement officials to learn about new strategies and techniques for fighting crime.
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker introduced Trump to a crowd of several hundred officers Friday morning.
In his speech, the president mainly focused on supporting law enforcement, even discussing bringing back the death penalty for murdering an officer.
“For me it is not even a little bit controversial,” Trump said. “You kill a cop, and it is called the death penalty.”
Trump went on to discuss spending more for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
“Illegal immigration is a threat to the well-being of every community, threatening innocent families, overwhelming public resources and draining the federal treasury,” he said.
The president asking Congress to fully fund border security and criticized Democrats who opposed paying for the wall.
“This includes fully funding our ICE officers, ICE attorneys, detention beds, equipment and technology,” Trump said.
While wrapping up, Trump praised the national conference, saying it provides the necessary resources needed for officers to do their jobs properly and stay safe on the job.
“In darkened allies and late night stakeouts, you are always there and always keeping watch over us,” he said.
Watch Trump’s full speech in the video player below.
While most days of the Trump administration are known for their relentless pace of news, Friday has been and will be particularly busy.
Before departing Washington for Kansas City, the president announced he’s nominating William Barr to succeed Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. It’s fitting that Trump chooses a day where he addresses the nation’s top law enforcement officers to announce his nominee for the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.
He also said he’ll nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, filling the void left by Nikki Haley.
In other news out of the White House, CNN reports that John Kelly’s days are numbered as chief of staff. He’s reportedly stepping down as early as this weekend.
And in further news from Washington, former FBI Director James Comey is testifying in private before two House committees, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is making new court filings related to former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen in the Russia investigation.