WAUWATOSA – A top adviser to President Donald Trump said Friday that the “public overwhelmingly” supports police across the country and declared “this defunding of the police movement is reckless.”
Convening a roundtable discussion on “law and order” in a city that recently endured civil unrest, Richard Grenell decried “progressive” politicians questioning and second-guessing “those on the front line.”
“And that’s got to stop,” said Grenell, the former acting director of national intelligence.
Grenell added: “We need to change the union rules so that if there is a bad apple we can get rid of the bad apple. At the end of the day, I want to make sure we’re constantly supporting police officers until we get the facts.”
The Trump campaign has pushed a law-and-order message in the wake of unrest that spread across the country following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Grenell derided what he called the “swamp” of Washington, D.C., and said that if the president wins a second term, he “should hire everyone in his administration by first checking to make sure on their résumé,” that their home address is outside the capital.
He also floated the idea of moving agencies out of Washington, questioning why the Department of Agriculture “can’t be in Iowa.”
“Why can’t the Department of Energy be in Pennsylvania?” he added.
In an interview with reporters, Grenell said Trump has received backing from police because the president “has believed in them and recognizes that they’re on the front lines in very dangerous jobs.”
Grenell said the defunding the police movement is politically problematic and “scares a lot of women and first- and second-generation Americans who came here to leave fascism, to leave totalitarianism.”
In the first presidential debate, Democrat Joe Biden said he “is totally opposed to defunding the police.”