Trump hosts roundtable with people positively impacted by police
Thank you. Great to have you here. Nice group some familiar, faces. So thank you all very much, for being at the white house very special house very special, place. I'm grateful, to be joined by citizens, whose lives, have been saved. By law enforcement, heroes and that's what they are the heroes. And they're being very unfairly, treated. Over the last. Long period of time but over the last few years, it's terrible what's happening. We're also joined by two amazing. Officers. South carolina, deputy sheriff william. Kimbrough. Where's william william. William. What happened to william. Okay. Oh okay. That's a good excuse, that's good. In palm beach county deputy, sheriff. Corey reese. Hi corey. Good. Uh in recent, weeks our country's, police officers, have been. Really, under siege i want to thank. First of all i do want to thank vice president, pence for all the work he's done on this and, in particular. Attorney, general. Uh bill barr, because the job he's done has been amazing, it's been. It's been, 24, hours a day i guess i could say 28 hours a day right. It never ends but it's, been a great job that you've both done we appreciate, it mike we appreciate, it very much. But our offices, have been under vicious, assault, and hundreds of police. Have been injured, and, several, murdered. You've been reading about it just like i've been seeing it. Reckless, politicians. Have defamed, our law enforcement, heroes, as the enemy. They call them the enemy they actually go and say they're the enemy. And. Even called them. An invading, army. These radical, politicians. Want to defund and abolish, the police, from our nation at first when i first heard it i said well. That's just something, that they're saying that doesn't but they actually are trying to do it, you look at what's going on in minneapolis. You look at what's going in. Many, many. Democrat, run areas. But they want to defund. And they want to abolish.
Far-left, Mayors are escalating, the anti-cop. Crusade, and violent crime is spiraling. In their cities. It's all far-left, cities, where they have. No understanding, of what has to be done they don't have a clue. And i will say that we put on a. Very powerful. Uh, rule and law that uh, you get ten years you knock down a monument, if it's a federal monument, you go to jail for ten years. And if it's uh. Anything else we tell them we work with the states to help them but, if it's if you do anything where it's a federal monument, and there are a lot of them up there, and nobody's, been attacked nothing's, been attacked since we did 10 years in jail monument. Or statue. In one recent week in new york city this is hard to believe shootings, were up, 358. Percent. And yet uh they spend all their time they want to do. Black lives ladder uh, matter signs. Outside of, trump tower. That they ought to spend their time doing something else because i'll tell you what 358. Increase, in shootings, in new york. Last month over 300, people were shot. Nypd. Retirements. Have, quadrupled. And they're going up even further. And new york city is out of control, unfortunately. My place i love it, but it's out of control it was doing so well. And rudy giuliani. Whether you like rudy or not he did a great job he was the greatest mayor in the history of new york murders in atlanta are up 133. Compared to the same period last year. And one of the victims, was an eight-year-old. Girl, and we've had younger than that, in chicago. Last weekend. In the last two weeks 105. Americans, were shot in philadelphia. In minneapolis. The city voted to disband. The police department. And cut it way down. But disbanded, ultimately, the radical, politicians. Are waging war on innocent americans, that's what you're doing, when you play with the police. My administration. Is pro-safety. Pro-police. And anti-crime. And i will say, i just see a new number came in from chicago, this weekend was a scourge. This weekend, was. I guess 20 people killed in many many shootings, many many shootings far worse than the last week. So things are happening that nobody's, ever. Seen happening. Happen, in. Cities that are. Liberally, run i call them radical, lip. And yet uh. They'll go and, march on. Areas and rip everything down in front of them if that's what you want for a country. Uh you probably have to vote for sleepy, joe biden, because he doesn't know what's happening. But. You're not going to have it with me. So we've, been very strong on law enforcement, we'll be doing things. That you'll be. I think very impressed with numbers are going to be coming down even if we have to go in and take over cities because we can't let that happen. When you have. 20 people killed 22, people killed in one weekend in chicago, and you have 88. Shootings. It's not even conceivable, that's worse than afghanistan. I hate to say it that's worse than. Any war zone that we're in. Uh. By a lot. It makes them look like tame places, by comparison. So, we're not going to let it go on we're not supposed, to. Supposed to wait for them to call but they don't call. We've asked chicago, would you like us to go in and help. And they don't. Want to say anything, and we've called many of the cities would you like us to go and help, we've done a great job in portland, portland was, totally out of control, and. They went in and i guess we have many people right now in jail. And we very much quelled it and if it starts again we'll quell it again very easily. It's not hard to do if you know what you're doing, so i just want to thank everybody, for being here i'll maybe ask. Vice president pence to say a couple of words and then, i'd like bill barr to say something and we'll go around the room okay thank you very much thank you everyone. Thank you mr president, it's. It's a real privilege to be here. With the law enforcement, officers who are gathered here and families. Whose lives have been impacted, so profoundly, by the courageous, efforts. Of men and women in law enforcement. Uh. I can assure you. That while some are talking about defunding. The police. Under this president, and this administration, we're going to defend the police. We're going to back the blue. Because we understand. That while tragedies, happen. And we'll always look for ways that we can improve, public safety, the president has taken. Steps, and taken executive, action to provide new resources. To. Improve public safety and law enforcement, around the country. I want to assure you that you have a president, who knows what the people gathered around this table now.
Is That, most of the men and women who put on the uniform, of law enforcement. Every day are the best people in this country. They risk their lives every day to make. To make a difference, in our communities. Just like they've made a difference in all of your lives. And so, uh i want to thank you all i want to thank you for being here at this uh. For this conversation. Because the american people. Will greatly, benefit. By being reminded, of the incredible, contributions. That our law enforcement, community, makes, each and every day and and uh. I appreciate, your willingness, to tell that, story. Thank you mr president. First let me say, what an honor it is for me to serve. Under a president. Who is such a strong supporter. Of law enforcement. I've said repeatedly. That. To my mind there is, no more. Noble, profession, in our country. Than serving as a law enforcement, officer. The police put their lives, and well-being, on the line every day for us. And their jobs have never been, more difficult, than it is today. Today we. Suffer many. Unprecedented. Social, ills. Kids growing up without, fathers, alienated. Young. Angry, men. Gangs engaged, in the most brutal kinds of violence. Increasing, mental illness, and homelessness. And a drug epidemic. Inflicting, casualties, beyond anything. That we've experienced, in a major war. And an increase in sexual assaults, and child exploitation. You name it. And who's expected to deal with all of this. As other institutions. Fail, and abdicate, their responsibility. Who is, who's expected, to stand their ground. And pick up the pieces. The police, are. And that's why i say their job. The job we ask them to do today. Has never been more challenging. I believe it's important to, to understand. That. Just like any other institution. There's always room for improvement. And over the past, several decades. There's unquestionably. Been a lot of progress, and reforms. In policing. That's improved, policing. And life for the officers, their families, and their communities. We have the most professional, police. In the world. Now obviously. The event in minneapolis. Was ghastly, and i haven't heard anyone, attempt to defend it. And it has, rightly brought about. An urge. To make sure we continue, reforming, and we finish the job. And i think that law enforcement. Understands. And agrees. That the concerns, of the african-american. Community, regarding. Excessive, use of force, must be addressed. But we also have to be carefully, careful. And not throw the baby out with the bathwater. And so extremist, reactions, like defund, the police, are trying to pull us in exactly. The opposite, direction, of where we have to go. We have to give law enforcement. More support. More training. And resources. And i think the executive, order that the president signed last month, strikes, exactly, the right balance, it's supportive, of the police. And it also addresses, legitimate, concerns, about. Excessive, force. So our nation needs to gain a renewed appreciation. Of the noble. Work done by our police, officers. In protecting, our communities. And, i thank the president, for convening. This roundtable. To highlight, the good work done. By our men and women in blue. Thank you mr president. Maybe what we'll do is we'll go around the room. And maybe you could introduce, yourself, and explain, exactly, what's going on. You have an incredible, story please. Hi my name is camira, boyd, i'm from charleston south carolina. Well on june 11th. 2019. My baby started choking, on breast milk. And, i start the first thing i started to do was just run up the house and jump in the car, while leaving out of my neighborhood. Officer, kimbrough. Came, he was coming into the neighborhood and he immediately pulled me over. And we immediately, jumped out and he just took her from my arms and proceeded, helping her. And. Yeah, thank you. Saved, her, yes. Wow. You don't hear those stories that's why i think it's important to have. A meeting like this a little different and it's. It's the meeting that we should have about a hundred times out of, almost, a hundred. This is the one because uh. The police do such a great job and there's an example that's fantastic.
That's Fantastic. And did you know the gentleman on your left. Come on let's go. Let's let's tell that story, please, what do you mean like. No do you know do you know do you want to go ahead. Please, yes. Mr president vice president, attorney general, thank you for having us here other distinguished, guests, my name is william kimbrough, i'm, from charleston, south carolina. I work for the berkeley county sheriff's office. As kamir was saying, on july 10th. Of 2019. While i was trolling the unincorporated. District, of somerville, south carolina. I came across. Camira. And her grandmother speeding, in a car i. Conducted, a traffic stop, on that vehicle. And, as soon. As those vehicles, stop. Uh, the, lady, later identified, it was it your grandmother. Come here, it was my stepmom, oh your stepmom. Had jumped out of the vehicle, and was frantic. And said my baby my baby, she can't breathe, and, i, kind of stepped back and i said what. And, you know the rest was captured on my body cam video, that's since gone viral, but uh. As soon as i made entrance. Over, uh stepped up to khmer i, instantly, asked her for. The baby my who is now my god. Daughter. And uh. God mom over there noni i know honey say hi noni. And uh, so yeah we've. We've been blessed, and uh. Me just. It's, been a it's been a wonderful, experience. Great job, thank you well that's what i meant when i kid and lisa. That's what i meant when i kiddingly said you know the gentleman you left because you really know him. That's what i meant and uh. Great job you've done thank you very much on behalf of all of us and come here congratulations. Thank you, thank you for being here thank you thank you, thank you both. Please go. Ahead. It was about two weeks ago, um. I was laying in bed with my other three kids. Um. And, well i forgot to introduce myself sorry um sarah bohan, we have four kids and we're from roanoke, virginia. I was laying in bed, and, my sister happened to be home. And my husband, ended up calling her and asking her to count how many kids were home. And. She got up and. Looked inside, of, my. My boy spencer's, room.
And, He, was not there. And his window was open. And so. We instantly. Saw that he was missing. And. He is autistic, non-verbal. And doesn't really have sense, of um, danger. So when he goes missing, it's like. Life or death you got to find him as fast as you possibly can. So, we call instantly called the police. And. My husband rushed home from work. And they called the search dogs out. And. Within, 12 minutes they found him he had ran up into the woods. Someone had spotted him sitting in the middle of the road. And he pulled over and they tried to get him to come to him but of course he bolted. And ran up into the woods, and. Following, behind the dog going in and out of the trees it was, actually really cool because, i could imagine, him doing that exact thing of going in and out of the trees and sliding, down. The creeks, and, i'm sure he was having, the time of his life because he was free. Um. But, we were able to find him, and the dog's ears perked up right when he was within 15, feet. And i yelled his name and he sat down and, i instantly ran over to him and we were, able to carry him back and he was safe and, the only thing he had on him was four ticks, so. He was good. That's great. So again. The police did a great job and the group did a great job. So spencer has no sense of danger, so you would say basically, he's very brave okay. View it view it that way. Good. Thank you very much for being here we appreciate, it thank you. Brooke please. Mr president, thank you i got to meet almost everyone my name is brooke rollins i have the extraordinary, honor of serving this president, as his domestic, policy, chief every day in this white house, and i will say there's a lot of brave people in the room, uh, probably no one more so than our two officers, but, this mom, not only has mr president her nine-year-old, here but she has her four-year-old, her three-year-old and her 10 month old here, and her husband spencer, just took them into the other room so, this is bravery, at its finest, for all the moms in the room who've sort of manhandled, lots of children so thank you for being here and certainly you too and that beautiful baby girl, what an honor to have you and all of you with us today, mr president you mentioned new york city atlanta, chicago. Philadelphia. The lack of leadership, i think happening in some of our most ravaged, cities around this country. Is really astonishing. But, i think it's really important to note that, that failure, is a choice. And. It is a choice mr president that i know you, would never, make i have seen you now more than two and a half years, stand with law enforcement. Stand with the mothers and the fathers in this country, who are fighting for a chance at the american, dream. That dream is not possible, without a law enforcement, that stands for the rule of law and for safe and secure, communities. So thank you so much for your leadership. Everyone here today thank you for coming what an honor it is to have you in your house, here at the white house on this day and special thanks to the moms who are brave enough to bring the little ones in, uh to tell their story on behalf of these amazing men and women serving in blue, thank you so much. Well thank you very much brooke what's more astonishing, to me is that we'll call. Bill we'll call, vice president we'll call i'll call. You'll call leaders of these cities, democrat, leaders. And we don't care if they're democrat, or not they happen to be in every case, but we'll call them and we'll say do you need help. And they'll say no, they said but you just had 40 people shot and many people killed this weekend. And they'll say no we're okay. And i'll say what's that all about. And we're tired of those answers. We're tired of those answers so thank you to me that's astonishing. Thank you very much bro. Please. My name is kenneth beard and i'm from louisville kentucky. And. I'm here today. Because i'm, a man, in recovery. At the age of 11 years old. I. Used substances, for the first time. And. By the end of that summer i had overdosed, seven times already, i'm one of them people that. Once i put a modern mood altering substance, in my body, i cannot stop. Um. I did not stop using, alcohol, or drugs, until the age of 24. And. Through. That time at the age of 11 to 24, i have overdosed. Over 30 times. And. At least a dozen of them times i've had police officers. There on site. Administering. Narcan. Saving my life. And, my son would not have his father today. If it wasn't for. The police officers, the men and the women, who administered, that narcan. And just that. My son gets to have his dad today because of that, and. I, get to. Help others along the way. Because of. Police officers because of the people who have helped me along the way, and, i'm truly grateful to be here. And how are you doing now then so, that's been that's a lot of times that you had yes, so.
I've Got six years sober now and. I am one. Semester. I'm, one semester, away from having my bachelor's, degree in social work, um. I have a house, i, i have full custody of my son. I work for, addiction, recovery, care as a community, liaison, helping. Other alcoholics. And addicts get into recovery. And providing, support, for them. I'm. I'm living my purpose. And my passion, that's fantastic. Job thank you very much that's a that's an equally, incredible. Statement, you understand, what you're doing now so that's great six years almost six years that's fantastic. Good luck we'll see you uh. In let's say celebrating. Ten okay we'll see you in ten, yes so we'll see you in another four years all right, that's fantastic, news thank you very much appreciate, it. Please. Good afternoon mr president thank you so much for having me here today, my name is rhonda norris. My. Story. Started when i was coming home from school one day, i teach. And. I was, broadsided, in an intersection, by a truck who ran a red light. I have no recollection, of the, accident. My first memory, was, a policeman. Reaching, through. The shattered window. And checking for a pulse. And. I was, in and out of consciousness, and he, continuously. Urged me to stay awake and stay with him. Very soothing, very calm. And, was calling on his radio, for, an ambulance. And. First responders, which. His being there, sped up the process dramatically. He's the one who told me we're going to put a sheet over you, to cut you out of the vehicle. I, couldn't move i was trapped in the vehicle, and, also my injuries. Made me incapable, of movement. He also, followed the ambulance, to the hospital. He gathered up all my personal belongings. That he could find at the accident, and brought them to my husband. At the hospital, and explained to him that i had regained consciousness. Um stayed with my husband until the. Tests were done and they said she's going to be okay. The most amazing, thing to me about this state trooper. Is that he was off duty. He didn't have to do any of that. He was just happened to be at the scene of the accident. And immediately, responded, and sped up. My rescue, and i'm eternally, grateful. To him for doing that. Well that's great thank you very much it's an incredible, story, so how seriously. How long did it take to recover. How bad was it, i was, um i missed. Five weeks of work um still have some injuries that'll never go away but, i'm very very thankful to be here, that's a great job thank you very much appreciate, it thank you thank you for being here.
Please. Mr president, i'm perry cliff. Pastor of lighthouse, baptist, church in jonesboro, tennessee. Good, and our church. Watched over the last few weeks, as, the. Way that our police officers, were treated all over the country. And it was all over the news about how they, are such. You know they've been demonized. And disgraced. And dishonored. And we got our heads together and thought what can we do as a small, church. In a small town, to honor our police. And to let our voice be known. Their voice is loud. They blame, all this on police officers. The voice of small town america, seldom, heard. So we just, set up a little ceremony, we went through the, chief of police, and the public, safety director. And we asked them if we could hold a public, ceremony. On the steps of the courthouse, on main street in jonesboro. On july, 4th at 11 o'clock in the morning. And present, each member of the jonesboro. Police department. With a check for one thousand, dollars. And we did that and, it shouldn't have but it made national, news. I think, small, towns all over america, feel like we do. That we want our voice to be heard that we love law enforcement, our, local police, officers. And if we can do something to support, them and encourage, them, then that's what we want to do, and we feel very good about what we did. Well that's a great story i thought you're going to tell me that they wanted to arrest you for giving them. A couple of bucks and, they deserve, it very much but you know. I've heard the other end of those stories, also. You're not allowed to do anything. And, you're right about it they've been uh. What what the police have been going through over the last number of years at all fairness it's been starting and. But it's never been like this as it it's never been like this it's uh, it's crazy. It's crazy and they'll find out it'll go the opposite, direction, unfortunately. At some point it'll go absolutely, opposite. When they see. And you're going to have some, defunding, and abolishing, and you'll see. Numbers, like, nobody would ever believe. And they're going to say let's get our police back as soon as we can, right. But that's great what you're just that's a fantastic, thing yes so we we were thankful that it's a small town. And a small police department, it was only 23, employees. So it wasn't that big a hit that's a lot it was a blessing, that's a lot that's a good job thank you very much, mr president i've already heard i got a note. Written to the church. That didn't identify, the officer, but said i'm an 83, year old widower. And one of the officers, brought by. A sum of money. And gave to me, to put back to pay my, utility, bills this winter. And told me it was a gift from lighthouse, baptist church. That's what one officer. And it's just a week ago but that's what one officer. Did with that gift that we gave that's great. Great stories.
Thank You very much appreciate, it. Thank you mr president thank you mr vice president for, having us, my name is debbie wisner, i'm, local, i live in maryland. And, my story is not very dramatic. It's just one that my purse was stolen. My purse, people have it happen. To them. My credit cards were canceled. And my cell phone, we put a special, note on it that said if found, please call this number nothing came of it. A couple nights later, in the middle of the night at midnight. The phone rings. And it's a gentleman, says. I found your phone i have your phone, would you offer a reward, for it, and i said of course, my husband said are you nuts. And he said i'll bring it to you. I gave him my address. And hung up the phone and called our police department. Because, that's who we turn to when there's a situation. My husband had another, idea, he wanted to do something else but i said no we're going to let the police, do this there's no shooting tonight. So he. The police came, they, gave us their cell phone number. They. Went away around the corner and they said. When he pulls up. Give us a ring, we'll be there, sure enough he pulled up he comes out of the car it's two o'clock in the morning now. And. The police. Two squad cars were there immediately. Which is what we need, in our communities. And. They checked him out. He, did in fact. Find the phone. And i gave him a reward. And thanked my police officers. And i'm grateful, that we have community. Policemen, that are willing to come at two in the morning and do this yeah, silly thing. That's great. Thank you very much thank you two in the morning what did he it's a strange time, so you found him to be okay. Even though he came at two in the morning, he came at two in the morning but so were our policemen. Yeah they were and that's the only reason we were okay with it good thank you very much thank you. Thank you really nice. Please. Mr president. Thank you so much it's honored to be here. I like many others we support you in supporting our law enforcement. Officers, and, providing, safe communities. Thank you mr vice president for being here as well and your hard work, and obviously, to the attorney general, attorney general barr thank you and to law enforcement, officers that are here and their families. And to your staff mr president. Um although it shouldn't matter mr president i'm kind of unique, bird if you will. I'm a democrat. I'm an elected official. I'm african-american. I have eight years or 12 years experience, in the georgia house of representatives. Eight years as county exec. And as county exec i've had to manage a very large probably the largest police department. In the state of georgia. But, i've also had, the unfortunate. Experience, of having to, meet with family members who lost a loved one. From a police shooting. That was the very probably the most difficult part of my job. But i've also had a deal on the other side where i lost two police officers in one night. Among several others i lost but i lost two in one night, by the way they happen to be, to have been african-american. And going to meet with their family members as well young wives with young babies. And having to experience, seeing them. Um. Lose a loved one is, nothing. Anybody would want to do. But i can tell you this mr president. By and large most law enforcement, officers. Those men and women who honorably, wear their uniforms, each and every day, to go out when they're running towards a situation. Others are running from it so we have to stand with them. And i'll, say this. I have two words. We need. More, funding. For police officers, not less funding, and here's why i say that. When you look at law enforcement. And the equipment. That's important for them because it's protecting, say their lives as well as saving others lives. But, clearly more money is needed to. Buy less lethal. Enforcement, types of tools like the, bowler. What they call the bola wrap, right. We also need resources, for them, officers, usually, almost always only get the psychological. Exam. Prior. Of being hired as part of the examination, getting hired, but afterwards. They're not given those type of psychological. Exams, or assessments. And when you look at them they've been on a let's say the big four or five years non-stop, and the number of calls they're getting number of situations. That's the way we can detect, are they burned out do we need to put them somewhere else, that's important. And and finally. Mr president. Um. Community, policing. Is important that relationship, that trust being fair. But enforcing, the law. And most people including black people they want law enforcement, to be out there enforcing, the law, i think people just want it to be they want them to be fair.
They Want them to. Be swift, in justice. And we lost a baby girl too, in atlanta, eight years old, and it wasn't to a police officer. More people have died from, the protests, of black lives matter. Than prior to that and so. Sometimes, it's hypocritical, it's almost as if. Some black lives matter. But all black lives should matter and all lives, should matter so i thank you mr president for what you're doing, and i stand solid with you thank you very much appreciate, it, beautiful thank you. Please. Good afternoon. President trump, vice president pence, and mr barr. And distinguished, guests, i thank you for this opportunity. To share, our family's. Story. Eight years ago, our 15, year old daughter. Was trafficked. By ms-13. Gang members. She was trafficked, over a year and a half time period. Throughout the dmv. Area. Law enforcement. Played, a fundamental. Role in the rescue, and the recovery. Of our daughter. And we're also vital, in the protection. And safety, of our family. Both then, and now. Initially, the officers, handling, our case, albeit, well intentioned. Were not trauma, informed. And not able to differentiate. A runaway, teen, from a victim, of human trafficking. Once we came in contact, with trained personnel. Former. Detective. Bill wolf. Our situation. Improved. We need to provide, resources. And training. To law enforcement. To properly, address. Only. Not only the offenders, but also to the victims, and to their families. Because of mr wolf's expertise. In this area, we were able to relocate, our family, to a safe location. We were able to get our daughter the proper, resources. And help. So that she could heal. And move on for her life. The law enforcement. Is crucial. To the rescue. To the victims of human trafficking, and i believe. We should support them with everything we have. Thank you. Thank you very much. Great story thank you. Thanks so much mr president for convening, this listening, session, and uh thank you for all the. Passion, and. You know being able to share your stories, here, um, on national tv, and with the president. Because it's really important. Um, there's so many people, who. Don't get a chance, to have their voice lifted. And having this opportunity, to tell your story. To a president, that's not only going to listen to it but take action. Is extremely important to the work that we do. And i want you all to know that. As you go back home, we're, still, there with you and we're willing to come, and do all we can to help. Create safer communities. Since day one this president has been really focused, on that in a unique way. I've spent some time on the road. And. With my colleague scott turner. Trying to get local leadership. To work with us. To not only, change those communities, but empower, people. But. Having these, sessions, here, is is, extremely, important because most people don't know some people don't know the pain that you all go through. And so having that story be told, on to millions of people, is extremely important. But i think what's most important. Is that. We take this. Session here, and create action, work with our police department. Empower, our police department, empower our families. So that we, can change. What's happened over the last 20 years. There's, it's no reason, for places. Across the country in america. To have more deaths, than, a war over in iraq, or afghanistan. You know that's that's not the country. That we're about. And uh this president won't stand for it and so, thank you so much for your presence mr president for your leadership. Thank you very much. You're doing a great job too. Please. Thank you mr president i'm basically, here, in support, of my daughter-in-law, and my grandchildren. But. I would like to say a personal, thank you to officer reece here. For saving my grandson. I will never, forget it and i will always be grateful. And i would also like to add. That. I'm a state employee, i work in the city of atlanta. And i have seen a drastic, change. In law enforcement, coverage in that area. And, i see the difference. When law enforcement. Is not visible, on the streets. So. We've had our challenges. There. And it's, it's peaceful, now. But when there is a lack of law enforcement. In within a community. Civility, breaks down and crime increases. And i don't. Have any answers, to, any solutions. But i can just speak on the fact that i have experienced. It. Over the past, three or four months. And i thank you for. Your invitation, here.
And For your time. Thank you very much i appreciate it thank you. First of all mr president, vice president. Attorney general thank you very much for uh, inviting me here today it's truly an honor to be here. Um. I'm deputy, corey reese with palm beach county sheriff's office i have. Been a deputy there for, going on, three years now. Last month. In, june. I was staying with my wife at a. Hampton, inn in, tampa. Off duty of course, working palm beach guys at tampa. We were in the room relaxing, and, i could hear a. Lady in the hallway. Screaming, for help. And so. I went outside, to see what was going on. And, the young lady to my left here was. On the floor. Clutching, the child in her arms, she was screaming, for help, the child was crying. And there was a man standing above them, grabbing at her in the child. Now. My first. Thought was it was a domestic, situation, but, clearly, there was something going. Something wasn't right with the situation. So i separated, him. And she said that. She doesn't know him and he was trying to take her child. And, more and more people. Came pouring out of their rooms and were saying the same thing so i immediately. Got him separated. I had him sit down in the hallway. And i had someone, else call uh. Tampa pd and they arrived, and, at that point i just was keeping. The peace between everybody, because there were some people. Getting quite aggressive. You know with with him. You know it's not you know the right time. You know you have to let, law enforcement, handle it you know it's not a time to take matters in your own hands so, at that point it was mostly peacekeeping. But. You know i i, didn't think it would be as, as big of a deal as it, ended up being until. You know the next day some people in the hallway were like, the video's gone viral, it's like a million views and. And then i'm getting a call saying i'm invited to the white house i mean it just it was. Completely, unexpected. Um. You know i just. Just doing what you know what i was trying to do what i was told to do you know just. Being there right time right place and that's it. Again thank you for having me here it's called natural, instinct, right. More than anything else thank you very much, great job, appreciate it. Hi my name. For having me is. Um. The. When you've said it all so that's a case that's still going now. I. See. Beautiful, guy too. Beautiful. Okay that's uh, just a few stories, of the thousands, and thousands, of stories that we could tell. And we'll probably, be doing this again but the police. Uh, they do a great job, they do a fantastic. Job and. They don't get the kind of, i will say this. The people of this country. Appreciate, the police they appreciate, all they've done.
You Don't see that if you watch. The news for the most part you don't see things like this but they've done a fantastic, job everybody. Here is a witness to that and we see it a lot. The attorney general sees it every day. But we see it a lot, and i just want to thank the. Various, police departments, law enforcement, they've done an incredible, job in this country where they're allowed to do their work they really do a job. So thank you all very much for being here, good luck with your case. And really terrific, job everybody, terrific, job thank. You. Like to ask anybody, a question, uh here steve go ahead please. Well i was going to ask you, about if you're in a good place with dr, fauci, there's been some criticism, of him over the last couple of days do you still appreciate, his advice, well i have a very good relationship. With dr fatchi i've had for. A long time right from the beginning i find him to be a very nice person, i don't always agree with him i, closed the border as you know to china i closed i did the ban on china heavily infected. And we saved. Tens of thousands, of lives and dr fauci will, admit that it was a good decision it was very early that was in january. Long before, it was. Thought of as the right thing to do i also closed the borders to europe when italy and. A couple of other countries, over there france certainly, spain, they were having a lot of problems, i closed the borders very early. Shortly after i did with china so we saved a lot of lives so we made a lot of good decisions, but. No i get along with them very well i like them personally, yeah please, president, are you going to pardon michael flynn. I can't hear you are you going to pardon michael flynn. Well he's got a case going on right now i think he would i don't know this for a fact but. I think he's doing very well with respect to his case i hope that he's going to be able to. Win it, and i don't have a decision to make until i find out what's going to happen but i think he was. Persecuted. He didn't lie, turned out he didn't lie the fbi said he didn't lie. I think he was persecuted. And nobody understands, what's going on with the, judge, justice department, which is so capable, they. Decided, to take a view on it and they uh they decided, that uh. He should be they they were going to drop the case. So he's, right now. Meaning, his lawyers, and him are embroiled, in. Uh, hopefully the final stages, of. What should have never happened. They treated him very unfairly, as they have many people on this side, yeah please. President trump you've said many times that the number of, coronavirus. Cases is going up because, testing, is increasing. Do you acknowledge, that it's going up for other reasons, too for example that it's actually, spreading. And what are you going to do to stop the spread. Well you know that we have one of the lowest mortality, rates. Anywhere. If you know, biden and obama, stopped their testing, they just stopped it you probably, know that i'm sure you don't want to report it, but. They stopped testing. Right in the middle they just want.
No More testing. And. On a much lesser problem than the problem, that we have obviously, with respect to uh, this is the worst thing that's happened since. Probably, 1917.. This is very bad all over the world 188. Countries, right now. But no we are we test more than anybody, by far. And when you test you create cases so we've created cases. I can tell you some countries they test when somebody walks into a hospital, sick or walks into maybe. A doctor's, office but usually a hospital. That's the testing they do so they don't have cases, whereas we do. We have, all of these cases, so. You know it's a double-edged sword at the same time. We have the lowest mortality. Or just about the lowest mortality. In the world. We're doing a great job we're doing very well with vaccines, and we're doing very very well with therapeutics. And i think we're gonna have some very good information, coming out soon but we have the best. And certainly, uh. The biggest, by far the biggest testing program anywhere in the world. If you tested, china, or russia. Or. Any of the, larger, countries, if you just, tested. India as an example. The way we test you'd see numbers that would be. Very surprising, brazil, too you know brazil is going through a big problem. But they don't do testing like we do. So we do the testing. And. By doing the testing we have tremendous, numbers of cases, if we didn't do this. As an example we've done 45, million tests, if we did. Half that number you'd have half the cases, probably, around that number if we did, if we did another, half of that you'd have half the numbers everyone. Would be saying oh we're doing so well on cases. But when i see it reported, in the night you can check me out on this i mean they always talk about. They're always talking about. Cases, the number of cases well, it is a big factor that we do we have a lot of cases because we have a lot of testing. Far more than any other country in the world and it's also the best testing. Yeah please. Federal government. Federal executions. For the first time in more than a decade. Potentially as soon as a couple of hours, from now, are you monitoring, the, last minute appeals on that case well i think what i'm going to do is allow that to uh, be answered by our attorney general do you mind bill. Yes sir we we obviously, monitor.
The Appellate, process. Mr president have you given any consideration. To using your clemency, powers, to stop these executions, and to mute them to life sentences, well i've i've looked at it very strongly, and in this particular, case i'm, dealing with. Bill and all of the people of justice, and. It's always tough you're talking about the death penalty but when you talk about people that did what this particular, person did that stuff also. So we're going to see what happens. Right now they have a stay i believe right they have a stay. And we'll let the courts determine, the final outcome, and that's what's going to happen, okay. You're asking americans, to have full faith, in law enforcement. How do you respond to critics who say you undermined, your own federal law enforcement, agency, the doj, when you commuted the sentence, of roger stone. Well if you look uh. Back on it, this was, an investigation. That should have never taken place. You have guys like comey. You have. Mccabe. You have struck. You have. His lover lisa page, you have all of these people, running around you have, brennan, and clapper who lied to congress. You have uh, many many people you have people that. Change documents, going into the fisa courts. And uh. It's a terrible, thing and this is an investigation. That they said should have ended before it started it shouldn't have started and if it did it should have ended. Immediately, because they found, as you know. As well as i do, they found nothing, initially, but it went on for two years or longer. And uh. No i did i'm getting rave reviews, for what i did for roger stone and he frankly, is going to go and now appeal his case, he had a jury for a woman who, hated roger stone. And. Who hated, probably, me. But she went on a false pretense, and he wasn't given a fair trial he wasn't it's not a fair trial he wasn't given another try should have been given another trial. I won't say more i won't talk about the judge i'm not going to why would i ever talk about a judge. But. This was a judge that gave i believe. Solitary, confinement, to paul manafort. Al capone, didn't have, solitary, confinement. So these are things that happened, and if you look at president, bush president, clinton president, obama. Take a look at what they did. Frankly, it's a very unfair roger stone was treated very unfairly, in my opinion. And so were many others on this side. In the meantime you have the other ones who are admitted, lying, before, they admitted. They lied before congress, they leaked. They leaked classified, information. Which is something you just can't do. And what are they doing so we'll see what happens, but, no we're, we're getting rave reviews, for what i did, okay, are you going to be able to hold the convention, in jacksonville. With with all this virus spread well we're going to see it built up a little bit but we're going to do something that will be great, we think we're doing very well we had some poll numbers a little while ago that are great, you know it's the same story it's uh suppression, polls that we had in, 2016. Phony polls. Fake news phony polls same thing. And we're doing very well we're doing well in georgia, we're doing well in texas, i've read. Where i was one point up in texas, i'm not one point up in texas we're many points up i saved the oil industry. Two months ago i saved the oil industry, there would have been i created, it we became number one we have millions of jobs. And we saved it so texas, is not going to have to, let go of millions, and millions of people oklahoma. North, dakota. Many states. Uh. We have, we're forty dollars a barrel and yet you can buy. Gasoline, for under two dollars nobody's ever seen like that so we have, the biggest energy in the world we're number one in, oil as you know oil and gas by far we're now number one in the world. And we would have had. Millions, of people, out of work i saved it and then they say i'm leading by one point in texas, they said it last time too. They said texas, is too close to call. This was like three months before the election. And then i won texas and a blowout, they called it the minute the polls closed.
They Said that about utah they said that about, georgia, they said the same thing, that george is oh we can't it's too close they'll never be able to determine, we'll have to wait till election, night, on election, night. Two seconds, after the poll closed they called georgia. So you know it's the same thing we have the same thing they're phony polls they're suppression, polls. But to think that, after saving the oil and gas business. And, millions, and millions of jobs i'm leading texas, by one point i don't think so, go ahead is the china, uh phase one deal still intact, or is it uh do you see it in general it's intact. It's intact, but i'm uh. I'm i think what china has done to the world. With. What took place the. China plague. You can go with the china virus, you can call it whatever you want to call it it's about 20 different names. What they did to the world. Should not be forgotten. But it's intact they're buying. Whether they buy or not that's up to them, they're buying. Yes mr president, los angeles just announced, that they are delaying the opening in their schools new york already said they were going to delay them other school districts are giving parents the choice whether to send their kids to school or not, what do you tell parents who look at this who look at arizona, where a schoolteacher, recently died teaching summer school, parents who were worried about, the safety of their children in public, schools should be opened. Schools should be opened. These kids want to go to school, you're losing a lot of lives by. Keeping, things closed, we did the right thing we saved millions of lives. We saved, millions, of lives while we did the initial. Closure. Had we not done what we did we would have had, two to mike and i were talking about before two to, three million, lives, lost. But we did that, so we're at about 135. 000 and, we'll be at, somewhat, higher than that by the time it, it ends. Uh, and again the vaccines, are happening and the therapeutics, are happening but i'm not even talking about that, so we'll be at a somewhat high but we would have lost 2 million 3 million lives that we not done it. Now we understand, it also, we understand, there are certain vulnerabilities. Young children. I was with. Talking to governor murphy. And. They have, thousands, of lives i won't even say how many just thousands, of lives hard to believe in new jersey and, he said there was only one life, that was 18 or younger. One person died and that was a person a young man that had some, medical, difficulty. Uh, so when you think of that with thousands, of lives and you have one person, that was under 18. That's something that tells you for some reason i guess the immune system is much stronger, with. Young people. Than it is for others, so we have to watch. The. Group that does have the difficulty, does have the problem we all know what that is we all know who they are especially, if they have a, medical, problem if they have a medical, problem diabetes, or heart, or anything. It's a it's a big problem. But we're being very careful but we have to open the schools would you agree with that do you agree. Yeah, we have to open the schools we have to get them open. And. I think there's a lot of politics, going along i think they think they'll do better. If they can keep the schools closed in the election. I don't think it's going to help them frankly but i think they feel that by. Keeping schools slows that's a bad thing for the country, and therefore that's a. Good thing for them. But uh. They're the ones whose city's burning, i mean can you imagine, if. The country was run like. Chicago. And like new york, and like some of these other democrat. Super radical, left cities are run. You wouldn't have a country for very long. And the economy, would crash so we, just set a brand new record, today on nasdaq.
Again This is now, i think the 18th, time. Since, and this is since. After the problem so we have a new stock market high for nasdaq, and the other ones are getting very close. When i came here the stock market was up almost 500, points today the economy is rebuilding, jobs are, being produced, at a record, pace we've never had a pace like this. And i will tell you if. Biden got in this economy, would be destroyed. You know he was in. He was in office for 48, years. And what he did was not great. Almost every decision, was a wrong decision. And now he's going to come in and try and help us we didn't need any help. We built the greatest economy, in history, greatest economy, we've ever had, the greatest economy, the world has ever seen. And then the plague came in from china. And we started oh we did the right thing we had to close it down now we're opening it up, he can't do it he doesn't have the capability. To do it, thank you all very much i appreciate it thank you good luck with everything, thank you, thank you. Appreciate, it.