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Remarks at a Meeting With Law Enforcement Personnel at the Emergency Operations Center in El Paso, Texas

August 07, 2019

The President. Well, I just want to thank you. We've done some stops today. We went to Ohio, and we just left your hospital. And they've done an incredible—just an incredible—job. And we were there for a long time. We thought it would be there for a little time. But the love in that place and the job that the doctors, nurses—everybody. But all over the world, they're talking about the job you've done as police, as law enforcement, as first responders. The job you've done is incredible, and everybody is talking about it. And I wanted to come and thank you, because you're very special people. Nobody like you. There's nobody better. There's nobody like you.

And, Chief, I want to thank you.

Police Chief Greg Allen of El Paso, TX. Thank you, Mr. President.

The President. What a reputation you have—meaning, good. You know that. Meaning, good. [Laughter]

Police Chief Allen. I hope so.

The President. But what a reputation, I mean, like a winner. And you showed it this last week, because that was something we don't want to have to see again.

Police Chief Allen. Thank you.

The President. And I know he went out as a coward. He gave up. He just gave up. So explain what happened exactly.

Police Chief Allen. Well, when confronted by law enforcement, he saw that he didn't have the courage to confront law enforcement in a deadly-force manner. He gave himself up. We'll be introducing you to some of the officers involved in that.

The President. I'd like that. Very good. Very good.

Police Chief Allen. And all these people in this room gathered about right now all contributed to the success of this successful conclusion in bringing him to justice, as far as his arrest.

The President. Wow, that's great. And we have the Governor here—our Great Governor, Greg. Thank you very much. And, Dan, we have—Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor.

And we have a man—where's John? We have a man who is very important, 38 years old. Thirty-eight. John, do the job. Do the—come on up here, John.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas John F. Bash. Yes, sir.

The President. We're counting on you, John, to do the job. Right?

U.S. Attorney Bash. Of course.

The President. We have no doubt. We have no doubt.

But we want to thank everybody, and your—your people are special. I know all over the world, they're talking about the job you did. This is really something. Thank you very much, Chief. [At this point, the President and First Lady greeted and thanked local officials, law enforcement personnel, and other first responders. The President then spoke as follows.]

The President. So I want to just thank everybody again. The job you've done is incredible. And we're with you all the way.

We—I can tell you, we've sent you a lot of equipment over the last 2½ years—getting close to 3 years, hard to believe. But a lot of equipment came your way. A lot of equipment that wasn't being used came your way, the military equipment that you have that wasn't going to be distributed for some reason. Someday, somebody will explain why. But that was the way it was. But it was a lot different. And you deserve it.

But we are with you a hundred percent. And the chief knows: Any problems, he just calls me and I'm there. You know that, right?

Police Chief Allen. Yes, sir.

NOTE: The President spoke at 5:01 p.m. at the El Paso Regional Communications Center. In his remarks, he referred to Patrick Wood Crusius, suspected gunman in the shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, TX, on August 3; and Gov. Gregory W. Abbott of Texas. The transcript was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on August 8.

Donald J. Trump, Remarks at a Meeting With Law Enforcement Personnel at the Emergency Operations Center in El Paso, Texas Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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