President Trump wasted little time making clear that his administration will take a drastically different approach to criminal justice than his predecessor.
Shortly after taking the oath of office as the 45th U.S. president Friday, the White House published six issue statements on its website, including one titled “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community.” In it, the Trump White House pledged to be a “law and order administration” while discontinuing what it characterized as a “dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump administration will end it.”
The new president is still committed to building a border wall to stop undocumented immigration, the statement said, adding: “Our country needs more law enforcement, more community engagement, and more effective policing.”
The statement indicates a crisp difference from the more appeasing approach of the Obama administration, which saw the Department of Justice as a champion of civil rights in addition to an enforcer of criminal laws, reported Yahoo.com.
Throughout the campaign, Donald Trump promised to restore “law and order.” He also criticized the “war on police,” that has been waged by several groups, and tacitly approved by key public figures.
The Trump administration’s statement issued Friday appears to confirm that the federal government will apply the brakes when it comes to investigating law enforcement agencies.
Future consent decrees are unlikely under Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump’s nominee for attorney general. He has referred to them as “one of the most dangerous, and rarely discussed, exercises of raw power.”
The statement also takes aim at protest movements such as Black Lives Matter and others who have demonstrated against what they view as discriminatory police actions and other social and economic inequities.
“Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter,” the Trump administration says, while adding that “supporting law enforcement means supporting our citizens’ ability to protect themselves.”
The ability to self-protect seems to make reference to the Second Amendment right to bear arms, something he has advocated.