WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump paid emotional tribute Tuesday to fallen law enforcement officers and the loved ones who carry on without them, saying those who wore the uniform “were among the bravest Americans to ever live.”
“They made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in safety and in peace,” Trump said.
Trump made a rare showing of public empathy near the end of his speech by bringing onstage the elderly mother and other loved ones of a slain police officer from his native New York City.
Officer Miosotis Familia died in July 2017 after being shot in the head by a man who authorities say fired into a parked police vehicle in the Bronx.
The alleged killer of the mother of three was later fatally shot by police.
Trump joked that he had promised not to reveal Adrianna Valoy’s age, but she climbed the stairs better than he did. Trump turns 72 next month.
The president, who made law and order a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, used the yearly tribute at an outdoor memorial near the Capitol to press Congress to prioritize border security.