“America’s heart broke when a young police officer was murdered,” Trump said in his speech to the nation.
President Donald Trump once again cited the killing of slain Fijian-Indian American police officer, who was killed by an undocumented immigrant on December 26, to press the urgent need for a border wall. During his televised address to the nation from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, the president said: “America’s heart broke the day after Christmas when a young police officer in California was savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien who just came across the border. The life of an American hero was stolen by someone who had no right to be in our country.”
The slain officer had got a hero’s farewell and Trump had personally called his family to offer condolences.
Trump had in the past cited the example of Singh’s death to highlight why it was important to fund the border wall. He insisted that a wall on the Mexican border was necessary not only to just keep the illegal immigrants and criminals away but also to keep away the drugs that were damaging the country and causing thousands of deaths every year.
Tuesday was the 18th day since the partial government shutdown began.
An estimated 70,000 Central Americans marched through Mexico are camping on the border waiting to enter the United States.
Trump has demanded $5.6 billion in the federal budget to build a border wall. A matter of global interest, the border wall is part of Trump’s election campaign. The Democrats have rejected the president’s demand leading to the prolonged shutdown.