From Oval Office:
POTUS signed a proclamation relating to National Police Week. The following is from press office and then my transcription of his remarks comes after that.
The officers and guest who were in the Oval Office with the President are from police departments that recently suffered the loss of a police officer - Ulster County Sheriff's Department, Phoenix Police Department, and the New Jersey State Trooper.Remarks:
The President signed a proclamation in honor of police memorial week - Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week 2017
POTUS: Last year, 188 officers died in the line of duty, says of those 66 were "victims of malicious attacks." These attacks increased nearly 40 percent from 2015, he said. (FYI, I heard 188 from him but proclamation has 118 as number of deaths.)
"This must end, and that's why, in my first action having to do with this subject, the Department of Justice [inaudible] to develop a strategy to better prevent and prosecute crimes of violence against federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers."
"They've had it with what's going on, and we're going to get it taken care of. We're going to get it taken care of quickly."
He thanks everyone. Tells those in uniform it's an honor to have them there.
"Some of you have suffered greatly and we're going to take care of it, OK? We're going to take care of it."
Pool is holding in motorcade at WH.