After insisting he was the “law and order” candidate throughout the campaign, Donald Trump has signed executive orders targeting gangs, drugs, and crime against law enforcement officials.
President Trump on Thursday signed three executive orders setting up task forces as part of a broader effort to reduce crime – orders Trump said are “designed to restore safety in America.” The orders came as Trump attended the swearing-in ceremony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday night.
“I’m signing three executive actions today designed to restore safety in America,” Trump said in the Oval Office after swearing in Jeff Sessions as attorney general.
“These dangerous times require a determined attorney general,” Trump said at an Oval Office ceremony for Sessions, who said rising crime is a “dangerous, permanent trend” in the United States and also promised to “end this lawlessness” of illegal immigration.
As attorney general, Sessions will be tasked with executing these news “public safety” orders and, specifically, reducing “the threat of rising crime,” as Trump explained. “I am directing the Department of Justice to reduce crimes and crimes of violence against law enforcement officers,” Trump explained. “It’s a shame, what has been happening to our great, our truly great, law enforcement officers. That is going to stop today.”
First, Trump said, he was directing the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to “undertake all necessary and lawful action to break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation and are destroying the blood of our youth and other people, many other people.”
“Enforcing federal law with respect to the trans-national criminal organization in preventing international trafficking,” Trump read as he signed the order later.
The second order, he said, would direct the Department of Justice “to form a task force on reducing violent crime in America.” Later he described it as a “task force on crime reduction and public safety.”
Finally, Trump said, he would direct the Department of Justice “to implement a plan to stop crime and crimes of violence against law enforcement officers.”
“It’s a shame what’s been happening to our great, truly great, law enforcement officers. That’s going to stop as of today,” he said, reading later while signing the order: “Preventing violence against federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officials.”
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Recently, the US recently extradited Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to a New York jail.
Guzman, 59, who has escaped two maximum-security jails in Mexico, is on 23-hour lockdown in a special unit in the federal jail in Manhattan, according to his lawyers, and has been prevented from seeing Coronel and his Mexican attorney.