White House Cites Murdered NYC Police Officers To Attack Republicans

AP Photo/John Minchillo
AP Photo/John Minchillo

Administration officials are warning Republicans not to pass a Department of Homeland Security funding bill that includes any attempt to block President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform.

During the White House Press Briefing today, Press Secretary Josh Earnest brought up the deaths of two New York City Police officers in December, citing Republican support for law enforcement.

“There was a lot of coverage, the very end of last year, and the beginning of this year — particularly from Republicans who were talking about how important it was for political leaders to stand up for law enforcement — particularly in the aftermath of the terribly tragic shooting of those two police officers in New York City,” Earnest said.

Earnest did not mention critical comments made by Democrats about police fairness during the volatile period, but pointed to “aggressive rhetoric” from Republicans about backing law enforcement officials.

“I’m not sure what you could do to more undermine the relationship between political leaders and law enforcement than to threaten to withhold their paychecks even while they are doing their job,” he added, calling for Republicans to “come to their senses” and pass a clean funding bill.


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