Donald Trump and Mike Pence were sworn in on Friday, and Monday was their first full day on the job. And already, it has been a huge difference from the Obama administration. The people they invited to the White House shows just how different it really is.
During Obama’s time as president, law enforcement was repeatedly under attack from the administration. He repeatedly aligned himself with the Black Lives Matter movement, inviting leaders to the White House on a regular basis.
Trump and Pence, on their very first day, invited law enforcement instead.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) January 22, 2017
Trump, meanwhile, also tweeted out his gratitude for the opportunity to meet with law enforcement officials at the White House:
— President Trump (@POTUS) January 22, 2017
The Trump administration also updated the official White House website, showing their support for law enforcement:
Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community
One of the fundamental rights of every American is to live in a safe community. A Trump Administration will empower our law enforcement officers to do their jobs and keep our streets free of crime and violence. The Trump Administration will be a law and order administration. President Trump will honor our men and women in uniform and will support their mission of protecting the public. The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it.
The Trump Administration is committed to reducing violent crime. In 2015, homicides increased by 17% in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. There were thousands of shootings in Chicago last year alone.
Our country needs more law enforcement, more community engagement, and more effective policing.
Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter. Our job is to make life more comfortable for parents who want their kids to be able to walk the streets safely. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school.
Supporting law enforcement means supporting our citizens’ ability to protect themselves. We will uphold Americans’ Second Amendment rights at every level of our judicial system.
This is a very welcome change from the previous administration. It’s about time we had a president and vice president who stand with police, rather than against them.