According to a report by the New York Daily News, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump requested to address NYPD officers at a 3 p.m. roll call, only to be rebuked by New York City Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton.
Calling it an attempt for a photo op, Bratton said, “Our interest is staying out of the politics of the moment, and not to provide photo ops.”
Bratton added, “If Mr. Trump wants to speak to me, I would be happy to brief him on what we’re doing. If Sen. Clinton wants to speak to me, I would very happy to brief her on what we’re doing. But we are not in the business of providing photo ops for our candidates.”
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Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied the campaign ever made such a request. “Mr. Trump and the campaign did not reach out with a request to address a roll call,” Hicks said.
Following the tragic assault against Dallas police officers Thursday evening and the heroic actions of the officers involved, Trump cancelled a campaign event in Miami, calling the shooting “an attack on our country.”
“A brutal attack on our police force is an attack on our country, and an attack on our families. We must stand in solidarity with law enforcement, which we must remember is the force between civilization and total chaos,” said Trump in a statement.
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Trump went on to express his thanks, support and prayers for the “brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every day.”
Five officers lost their lives in the attack in Dallas and seven more were wounded.
h/t: The Hill
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