US Army Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Kettles – Medal of Honor Recipient

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President in the name of Congress on members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

Members of all branches of the armed forces are eligible to receive the medal, and there are three versions; one for the Army, one for the Air Force, and one for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon an individual by the passing of a Joint Resolution in the Congress; and is then personally presented to the recipient or, in the case of posthumous awards, to next of kin, by the President of the United States, on behalf of the Congress, representing and recognizing the gratitude of the American people as a whole.

Medal of Honor

On July 18, 2016, President Barack Obama will award U.S.  Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles,  the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Kettles will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division. Then-Major Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967.  He led a platoon of UH-1Ds to provide support to the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, during an ambush by a battalion-sized enemy force.  After leading several trips to the hot landing zone and evacuating the wounded, he returned, without additional aerial support, to rescue a squad-sized element of stranded soldiers pinned down by enemy fire.  He is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/21/president-obama-award-medal-honor

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July 18, 2016
President Barack Obama awards U.S.  Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles
the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
East Room

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  1. WH

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden departs Melbourne, Australia en route Sydney, Australia

    Vice President Biden arrives Sydney, Australia

    Vice President Biden tours the Taronga Zoo
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    Vice President Biden attends an official dinner hosted by Governor General Peter Cosgrove
    Governor General’s House, Sydney, Australia

    Vice President Bden tours the HMAS Adelaide at Sydney Harbor
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    Vice President Biden hold a meeting with Labor Party leader Bill Shorten
    Sydney, Australia

    Vice President Biden meets with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other senior government officials
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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

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    President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor to US Army Lt. Colonel Kettles
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  2. US Army Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Kettles – Medal of Honor Recipient

    The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President in the name of Congress on members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

    Members of all branches of the armed forces are eligible to receive the medal, and there are three versions; one for the Army, one for the Air Force, and one for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon an individual by the passing of a Joint Resolution in the Congress; and is then personally presented to the recipient or, in the case of posthumous awards, to next of kin, by the President of the United States, on behalf of the Congress, representing and recognizing the gratitude of the American people as a whole.

    Medal of Honor

    On July 18, 2016, President Barack Obama will award U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Kettles will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division. Then-Major Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967. He led a platoon of UH-1Ds to provide support to the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, during an ambush by a battalion-sized enemy force. After leading several trips to the hot landing zone and evacuating the wounded, he returned, without additional aerial support, to rescue a squad-sized element of stranded soldiers pinned down by enemy fire. He is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/21/president-obama-award-medal-honor

    • July 18, 2016

      Remarks by the President at Presentation to Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles, U.S. Army

      East Room

      11:14 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. Please have a seat. Welcome to the White House. Of all the privileges of this office, none is greater than serving as the Commander-in-Chief of the finest military that the world has ever known. And of all the military decorations that our nation can bestow, we have none higher than the Medal of Honor.

      As many who know him have said, nobody deserves it more than Charles Kettles of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Many believe that –- except for Chuck. (Laughter.) As he says, this “seems like a hell of a fuss over something that happened 50 years ago.” (Laughter.)

      Even now, all these years later, Chuck is still defined by the humility that shaped him as a soldier. At 86 years old, he still looks sharp as a tack in that uniform. I pointed out he obviously has not gained any weight. (Laughter.) And his life is as American as they come. He’s the son of an immigrant. His father signed up to fly for the United States the day after Pearl Harbor and filled his five boys with a deep sense of duty to their country. For a time, he even served in the Army Reserve — for a time, even as he served in the Army Reserve, Chuck ran a Ford dealership with his brother. And to families who drove a new car off that lot, he’s the salesman who helped put an American icon in their driveway.

      To the aviation students at Eastern Michigan University, Chuck is the professor who taught them about the wonder of flight in the country that invented it. To the constituents he served as a rare Republican in his hometown’s mostly Democratic city council, Chuck is the public servant who made sure that their voices were heard. And to Ann, his beautiful bride, who grew up literally as the girl next door, Chuck is a devoted husband. Next March they will celebrate their 40th anniversary. So happy early anniversary. (Applause.)

      So in a lot of ways, Chuck Kettles is America. And to the dozens of American soldiers that he saved in Vietnam half a century ago, Chuck is the reason they lived and came home and had children and grandchildren –- entire family trees made possible by the actions of this one man.

      We are honored to be joined not only by Ann, but also eight of Chuck and Ann’s 10 children, and three of their grandchildren. It’s the Kettles family reunion here in the White House. (Laughter.) We’re also honored to be joined by Chuck’s brothers-in-arms from Vietnam and some of Chuck’s newest comrades, members of the Medal of Honor Society.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/07/18/remarks-president-presentation-lieutenant-colonel-ret-charles-kettles-us

  3. GOP WRONG WAY

    Republicans Will Nominate a Candidate Who Would Violate the First, Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Amendments
    If the GOP had any respect for the Bill of Rights, it would reject Trump.

    7/17/16 By John Nichols – TheNation

    Cleveland—As Republican Party “constitutionalists” prepare to nominate authoritarian billionaire Donald Trump for the presidency this week in Cleveland, the American Civil Liberties union has determined that the candidate’s proposals would violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendments of the Constitution.

    It is not news that Trump has, during the course of his campaign for the GOP nomination, put himself at odds with basic premises of a Bill of Rights that defends a free press, guarantees freedom of religion, and guards against torture and abuses of privacy. But when his proposals are pulled together—as the ACLU has done in a new analysis of the Republican candidate’s public statements and policy positions—the extent to which Trump would shred the Constitution in general and the Bill of Rights in particular is breathtaking.

    “Taken together, his policies and positions, if put into place, would violate the Constitution and federal and international law,” says Anthony Romero, the executive director of the ACLU, which reviewed the candidate’s agenda and determined that “Trump’s proposals would violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendments of the Constitution.”

    Trump has from the start of his campaign sparked controversy with statements, actions, and proposals that disregard the First Amendment. He and his aides have created blacklists of journalists, and the candidate has expressed an interest in rewriting libel laws in order to intimidate, punish, and potentially silence critics of powerful individuals and interests. Trump has, as well, proposed schemes to discriminate against Muslims and to spy on mosques and neighborhoods where Muslims live—with steady disregard for the amendment’s guarantee of protection for America’s diverse religious communities.

    But that’s just the beginning of Trump’s assaults on the Constitution. Trump has encouraged the use of torture and blatantly disregarded privacy protections that have been enshrined in the founding document since the 18th century. He has attacked the basic premises of a constitutionally defined separation of powers, with rhetorical assaults on individual jurists and the federal judiciary so extreme that House Speaker Paul Ryan described one such attack as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” He has proposed instituting religious tests. He has shown open and consistent disregard for the promise that all Americans will receive equal protection under the law.

    “If implemented, Donald Trump’s proposed policies will spark a constitutional and legal challenge that would require all hands on deck at the ACLU,” says Romero. “The ACLU and its more than 300 attorneys in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., stand ready to challenge and impede implementation of his unlawful proposals, should he attempt to see them through.”

    It should never come to that.

    For more: https://www.thenation.com/article/republicans-to-nominate-a-candidate-who-would-violate-the-first-fourth-fifth-and-eight-amendments/

    • The crazy face of Trump’s GOP

      Jul 19 2016 By Dana Milbank- The Washington Post

      CLEVELAND • Roger Stone, longtime confidant and informal adviser to Donald Trump, removed his all-access convention credentials and ascended the stage at Citizens for Trump’s America First Unity Rally on Monday afternoon…

      He wished to revisit the Vince Foster murder conspiracy. “They told us that he died in Fort Marcy Park and his body was found 50 yards down a muddy trail,” Stone said of the Clinton family friend and aide who killed himself 23 years ago. “But there was no mud or dirt on his shoes. … There was carpet fiber all over his body because they rolled him in a carpet. Hillary Clinton ordered a guy named Sullivan and a guy named Kennedy, her hoodlums, her thugs, [to] move his body.”

      Welcome to the Donald Trump Republican National Convention.

      Stone chose this moment, when the party presents itself to the nation, to team up with Alex Jones — the conspiracy theorist and radio host — as “co-hosts” of the rally for a couple thousand Trump supporters. Like the Trump campaign itself, the convention has elevated those who bring the crazy.

      Many Republican officials are avoiding Cleveland this week entirely. Others are tacitly supporting the Trump ticket, swallowing their reservations; a last-ditch rebellion on the floor Monday afternoon by anti-Trump delegates was easily put down.

      This vacuum gives voice to Trump’s proudest and loudest supporters, those who, before Trump, resided on the fringes. It has legitimized people like Jones.

      Jones is famous for asserting, among other things, that the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing. Trump, who has often appeared on Jones’ show, told its host in December that “your reputation is amazing.”…

      He said that “Hillary is a foreign agent of the communist Chinese, the Saudi Arabians and others.” Noticing a disruption in the crowd, he denounced these “anti-freedom scum who need to get their ass to North Korea.”

      He then called the “agitator” to the stage to confront him, a man who “wants to shut down our free speech.” It turned out to be comedian Eric Andre.

      Andre, after offering Jones his hotel room key because “I want you to have sex with my wife” and asking Jones why “my pee-pee comes out yellow,” mentioned the Jones 9/11 theory: “Airplane fuel can’t melt steel. The bomb’s in Tower 7!”

      “I exposed all that,” Jones boasted.

      Jones’ ill-advised stage invite to the comedian added to the freak-show atmosphere on the bank of the Cuyahoga River. Police on the perimeter and in a boat could witness a few participants openly carrying handguns, the droning of the kudu horns, the guy carrying an eight-foot wooden cross, the woman who botched the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the primary challenger to John McCain who said, “We don’t need frail, fearful, old people representing us.”

      Dozens of attendees wore “Hillary for Prison” T-shirts. One sign that said “Latinos for Trump” featured a bumper sticker declaring “9/11 was an inside job.” The flip side had the message “Hillary for Prison” (the first “i” was dotted with a Jewish star and Muslim crescent)…

      Crow also mentioned that Fox’s Geraldo Rivera was in the crowd, and the few cheers were overwhelmed by boos and a shout of “Build the wall!”

      Then there was Stone, who pronounced himself “Italian from the waist down” and praised his “friend Alex Jones.”

      Trump has “cojones,” Stone said. And Clinton? “A short-tempered, foul-mouthed, greedy, bipolar, mentally unbalanced criminal.”

      “She’s a reptile!” somebody added.

      “A liar!”

      “Lizard!”

      This is the face of Trump’s GOP. “Republicans who do not choose to join our cause: You will be replaced,” Stone said. “Good riddance. This is not about unity.”

      Trump’s buddy flashed a Nixon-style double-victory sign. The kudu horns sounded.

  4. WH

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden hosts a roundtable discussion with Australian and American business leaders
    Paddington Town Hall, Sydney, Austrailia

    Vice President Biden meets with Australian troops
    Pine Gap Joint Defence Space Research Facility, Alice Springs, Australia

    Vice President Biden delivers a major policy speech on the future of the U.S.-Australia relationship
    Pine Gap Joint Defense Space Research Facility, Alice Springs, Australia

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

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    First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes over 130 college-bound students to the White House to participate in the third annual Beating the Odds Summit
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    President Obama meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director Comey
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    President Obama meets with Defense Secretary Carter

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    • POTUS podium

      July 19, 2016

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      11:00 AM EDT
      First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes over 130 college-bound students to the White House to participate in the third annual Beating the Odds Summit
      White House

      12:45 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

      5:00 PM EDT
      Joining Forces Screening of STAR TREK BEYOND
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      9:00 PM EDT
      Vice President Biden hosts a roundtable discussion with Australian and American business leaders
      Paddington Town Hall, Sydney, Austrailia

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      12:45 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press http://www.c-span.org/video/?412942-1/white-house-briefing

      1:30 PM ET
      U.S. Institute of Peace
      LIVE Iraqi Foreign Minister Remarks
      Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari spoke about the fight against ISIS,* his country’s role in the Middle East, and his calls for international aid. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/412915-1

      2:00 PM EDT
      State Department Daily Briefing Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner briefs reporters and responds to questions on a range of international issues. http://www.c-span.org/video/?412944-1/state-department-briefing

  5. The RNC Is Like Christmas In July

    Published on Jul 19, 2016

    Stephen Colbert kicks off a week of LIVE episodes of The Late Show in true Broadway fashion, complete with special reports from the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

    • GOP WRONG WAY

      Republican National Convention: Scrutiny of Melania Trump’s speech follows plagiarism allegations

      July 19 at 11:17 AM By Karen Tumulty, Robert Costa and Jose A. DelReal – washingtonpost

      CLEVELAND — Donald Trump’s presidential campaign came under new scrutiny Tuesday after it became apparent that part of Melania Trump’s primetime address Monday night at the Republican National Convention bore conspicuous similarities to a speech delivered by first lady Michelle Obama in 2008 at the Democratic convention.

      The plagiarism charges have cast a shadow over Trump and his campaign on the second day of the convention here in Cleveland, where Republicans are making the case to a skeptical country that the celebrity billionaire —the most unconventional and impulsive major-party standard-bearer in modern history — could be a credible and steadfast leader at a time of terrorist threats abroad and senseless tragedies at home.

      Trump’s campaign and allies rushed to defend Melania Trump on Tuesday morning.

      “In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking,” wrote senior communications advisor Jason Miller in a statement. “Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”

      For more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republican-national-convention-scrutiny-of-melania-trumps-speech-follows-plagiarism-allegations/2016/07/19/3efc4208-4da4-11e6-a7d8-13d06b37f256_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_no-name%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

      • The crazy face of Trump’s GOP

        Jul 19 2016 By Dana Milbank- The Washington Post

        EXCERPTS:

        CLEVELAND • Roger Stone, longtime confidant and informal adviser to Donald Trump, removed his all-access convention credentials and ascended the stage at Citizens for Trump’s America First Unity Rally on Monday afternoon…

        He wished to revisit the Vince Foster murder conspiracy. “They told us that he died in Fort Marcy Park and his body was found 50 yards down a muddy trail,” Stone said of the Clinton family friend and aide who killed himself 23 years ago. “But there was no mud or dirt on his shoes. … There was carpet fiber all over his body because they rolled him in a carpet. Hillary Clinton ordered a guy named Sullivan and a guy named Kennedy, her hoodlums, her thugs, [to] move his body.”

        Welcome to the Donald Trump Republican National Convention.

        Stone chose this moment, when the party presents itself to the nation, to team up with Alex Jones — the conspiracy theorist and radio host — as “co-hosts” of the rally for a couple thousand Trump supporters. Like the Trump campaign itself, the convention has elevated those who bring the crazy.

        Many Republican officials are avoiding Cleveland this week entirely. Others are tacitly supporting the Trump ticket, swallowing their reservations; a last-ditch rebellion on the floor Monday afternoon by anti-Trump delegates was easily put down.

        This vacuum gives voice to Trump’s proudest and loudest supporters, those who, before Trump, resided on the fringes. It has legitimized people like Jones.

        Jones is famous for asserting, among other things, that the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing. Trump, who has often appeared on Jones’ show, told its host in December that “your reputation is amazing.”…

        He said that “Hillary is a foreign agent of the communist Chinese, the Saudi Arabians and others.” Noticing a disruption in the crowd, he denounced these “anti-freedom scum who need to get their ass to North Korea.”

        He then called the “agitator” to the stage to confront him, a man who “wants to shut down our free speech.” It turned out to be comedian Eric Andre.

        Andre, after offering Jones his hotel room key because “I want you to have sex with my wife” and asking Jones why “my pee-pee comes out yellow,” mentioned the Jones 9/11 theory: “Airplane fuel can’t melt steel. The bomb’s in Tower 7!”

        “I exposed all that,” Jones boasted.

        Jones’ ill-advised stage invite to the comedian added to the freak-show atmosphere on the bank of the Cuyahoga River. Police on the perimeter and in a boat could witness a few participants openly carrying handguns, the droning of the kudu horns, the guy carrying an eight-foot wooden cross, the woman who botched the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the primary challenger to John McCain who said, “We don’t need frail, fearful, old people representing us.”

        Dozens of attendees wore “Hillary for Prison” T-shirts. One sign that said “Latinos for Trump” featured a bumper sticker declaring “9/11 was an inside job.” The flip side had the message “Hillary for Prison” (the first “i” was dotted with a Jewish star and Muslim crescent)…

        Crow also mentioned that Fox’s Geraldo Rivera was in the crowd, and the few cheers were overwhelmed by boos and a shout of “Build the wall!”

        Then there was Stone, who pronounced himself “Italian from the waist down” and praised his “friend Alex Jones.”

        Trump has “cojones,” Stone said. And Clinton? “A short-tempered, foul-mouthed, greedy, bipolar, mentally unbalanced criminal.”

        “She’s a reptile!” somebody added.

        “A liar!”

        “Lizard!”

        This is the face of Trump’s GOP. “Republicans who do not choose to join our cause: You will be replaced,” Stone said. “Good riddance. This is not about unity.”

        Trump’s buddy flashed a Nixon-style double-victory sign. The kudu horns sounded.

  6. July 19, 2016

    First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes over 130 college-bound students to the White House to participate in the third annual Beating the Odds Summit

    Discussion with the First Lady, Secretary of Education John King, Tyler Oakley, Jidenna, and Rachel McKenzie Scott at the Reach Higher Beating the Odds Summit

    East Room

    11:14 A.M. EDT

    MR. OAKLEY: Thank you all for joining us this morning. (Applause.) I am so excited to be here. You all are — everyone is so excited, it’s so cute.

    MRS. OBAMA: They’re all excited.

    MR. OAKLEY: Everyone is excited. Like I said, this is the third annual, and it has just gotten bigger and better every year. We have an incredible panel of inspiring people that we will be chatting with all morning. And I got to say, I am I think most excited to see this many people here. There are over 130 college-bound students who have beat the odds, who are redefining success, who are inspiring so many in their own communities. And I just look out into the crowd and I see the future, and that is the coolest feeling. Like I just am giddy.

    So thank you for indulging me for a second.

    MRS. OBAMA: The future looks good, doesn’t it? It looks good.

    MR. OAKELY: Yeah, it’s a good look. You all look cute. (Laughter.)

    MS. SCOTT: College looks good on you.

    MR. OAKLEY: So I do see that you all have your phones, so please feel free to tweet with the hashtag #BeatingTheOdds.

    MRS. OBAMA: Yeah. You guys know how to do that right?

    MR. OAKLEY: Get it trending. I believe in you. And we are actually livestreaming right now from a camera — there are 30 in the room, but some — right there. We are livestreaming, so hello to the people watching at home. Thank you for joining us. And tweet along while you’re at your computer. I want to know what you all think.

    So to begin, to kick things off, I think we should maybe introduce ourselves. (Laughter.) Some of you might know some people up here, but why don’t we start at the end, maybe — introduce yourself, what you do, and why do you think it’s important for us to be up here sharing our stories and to be here at this event today.

    SECRETARY KING: Hello, everybody. I’m John King, the U.S. Secretary of Education. I’m thrilled to be here, because my job is to make sure that folks get to college, and not just get to college, but through college to graduation. And so I’m here to support you. I think events like today are really important because college — getting to college and staying in college through to graduation sometimes can be challenging, and sometimes there are obstacles in the way. It can be hard. And it’s important for us to all remind each other that success is possible.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/07/19/discussion-first-lady-secretary-education-john-king-tyler-oakley-jidenna

  7. July 19, 2016

    Remarks by the President after Meeting with Attorney General Lynch, FBI Director Comey, and Secretary of Homeland Security Johnson

    Oval Office

    4:35 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: We just had a useful discussion, following up on the task force meeting that I had last week, as well as a number of conversations that we’ve had with various stakeholders in the wake of the tragic events that we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks.

    Obviously, the loss of three more police officers in Baton Rouge over the weekend, three of them still wounded, one critically wounded — and we’re praying for him as we speak — right on the heels of Dallas indicates the degree to which it is very important for us to do everything we can to help police officers go home at night and to be safe. And as I said the other night, it’s a reminder of the extraordinary risks and dangers that they are taking every single day to protect us and our way of life.

    And as has been consistent throughout all the conversations I’ve had over the last several weeks, I strongly believe that there is no contradiction between us protecting our officers, honoring our officers, making sure that they have all the tools they need to do their job safely, and building trust between police officers and departments in the communities that they serve. In fact, those things are complementary and not contradictory.

    The more we can do to make sure that communities feel that these are their police departments and that they have a interest in protecting them, the easier it’s going to be for police officers to do their jobs.

    The good news is that that thanks to the leadership of Attorney General Lynch, FBI Director Comey, as well as Secretary Jeh Johnson at DHS, we do have a toolkit of best practices, of training, of resources and equipment that can help police departments protect their officers, make sure that they can do their jobs. But we’re going to have to do more than we already are doing.

    And some of that is engaging at the local level, because this cannot just be a federal top-down initiative. This has to be a local initiative in the 18,000 law enforcement jurisdictions that are out there all across the country. And it also has to be resourced. We were talking — just to give you a few examples — about the great interest on the part of police departments around the country in training for safety, de-escalation, dealing with active shooter cases. Unfortunately, not all those departments who want to train their officers had the resources to do it. And the Justice Department has programs that can be made available, but we don’t have enough coverage, not as much as we’d like.

    Something as basic as bullet-proof vests — large numbers of departments do have bullet-proof vests for all their officers on patrol and in situations where there’s significant risk, but there are a number of places where they’re still short of bullet-proof vests. That can make a difference.

    And so my intention over the next several months, as long as I’m in this office, is to continue to look at best practices, figure out what’s working well; listen to our police departments in how we can help them; engage the community; build up trust. What kind of equipment do they need? What kind of training do they need? What kind of recruitment strategies do they need? And then to do everything we can to convene all parties concerned, including Congress, to make sure that they can get those resources.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/07/19/remarks-president-after-meeting-attorney-general-lynch-fbi-director

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