President Trump traveled to Orlando Monday to talk about the work of his administration with law enforcement leaders.
The president arrived to cheers and applause at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference at the Orange County Convention Center.
“My administration will always honor, cherish and support the men and woman in blue, and we are proud to do it,” President Trump said to the crowd.
Trump highlighted the work of his administration to protect the country, law enforcement and secure the border.
“Before I took office less than two years ago our nation was experiencing a historic surge in violent crime,” he said.
“To have the leader of the free nation, the greatest nation in the world support us, I think it’s great,” Fort Myers Police Captain Jay Rodriguez said.
President Trump’s visit was met with protests. People stood outside of the convention center and chanted “November 6th!” to urge people to get out and vote in the upcoming general election.
“We just need to make everyone aware of how important the vote is in November for women, and not just women, but all of us making America really great again,” Kathy Craven said.
“We’re disgusted by the appointment of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court for the rest of his life,” Neila Wilson with Women’s March Central Florida said. “Our message is it’s time for a tidal wave. A blue tidal wave.”
Republican Governor Rick Scott, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat, appeared with Trump in his official role, not as a candidate.
Across the street from the convention center, Orlando Democratic leaders organized a press conference to address what they call Scott and Trump’s repeated attacks on healthcare in Florida.
After his speech, President Trump flew back to Washington for the swearing in ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“He’s a great person and very, very unfair what happened to him; false charges, false accusations, that were totally untrue, that he knew nothing about,” President Trump said.