President Donald Trump, speaking at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, on Capitol Hill May 15, praised law enforcement officers including Indian-American police officer Ronil Singh of Newman, California, who was shot to death during a routine traffic stop on Christmas night last year.

Anamika Singh, wife of slain police officer Ronil Singh of Newman, California, with President Donald Trump May 15, at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, on Capitol Hill. (videograb from C-Span.org)

During his speech, in a protracted but impromptu moment, the President brought all the members of Singh’s family present at the Capitol Hill event, up on stage, praising them for their fortitude and the courage displayed by Singh. Singh’s wife and brother also spoke and praised the President for reaching out to them and expressed their support.

After calling out the names of several other families of fallen officers, Trump focused on the Singh family for an impressive amount of time and what followed was an impropmtu interaction that saw the whole Indian-American family next to the |President on the stage.

“Here with us today is the family of California Police Officer Ronil Singh. And I’ve gotten to know his family; they’re an incredible family. They just left the Oval Office. We took pictures. And it’s not an easy situation, what they’re going through. Frankly, they’re going through hell,” Trump said.

He gave a brief history of the Indian-American police officer.

“Ronil came to this country legally in 2003 with the dream of earning the badge of an American police officer. That was always his dream. And that’s exactly what Ronil did: He devoted his life to defending the laws of our country,” Trump said.
“On Christmas night, he took a picture in front of the family Christmas tree with his beautiful wife, their beloved son, and Sam, their loyal police dog. It’s a picture that all of us saw. I remember it so vividly. I’ll never forget it. I didn’t know I’d get to know the family and greet the family and show the family the Lincoln bedroom at the White House. I didn’t know that. But it’s an extraordinary family. But I’ll never forget the picture,” Trump said.

“Then, Corporal Singh headed out on duty — which he loved — to protect and to serve. You all know the story. Because hours later, he was gunned down and killed during a simple traffic stop. He was a vicious killer, this man that crossed into our country from the border just a little while before. A vicious killer that could’ve been kept out with border security, with the wall, with whatever the hell it takes. … Could’ve been kept out,” Trump said to applause.
“But we’re getting it there. We’re building the wall. We’re beefing up like you wouldn’t believe. The military has come into action. People are trying to come into our country illegally because our country is doing well. They can’t come in illegally. They have to come in through the legal system,” Trump said, and pitched his immigration modernization plan which is considered “merit based”.

Reggie Singh, speaking into microphone, and Rohini Singh, left, brother and mother of slain Indian-American police officer Ronil Singh, with President Trump on Capitol Hill at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, on Capitol Hill May 15. Photo videograb from cspan.org

“They have to come in through merit. They can’t come in like this killer came in — just rode across the border, went through every sign he could go through,” Trump said.

He called Singh family “special” and urged his wife Anamika (with her son Arnav in her arms, to stand. Present in the audience were Reggie Singh, brother
Anamika Singh, wife, Arnav Singh, son, Rohini Singh, mother, and
Veer Singh, father.

“And also here are his great parents, Rohini and Veer, and his brother. Where is Reggie? His brother, Reggie,” Trump said, urging Reggie Singh to come to the stage. He then made the whole family come up on stage in what was appeared to be an unplanned part of the ceremony.

This is unexpected, but this family, I tell you, I’ve — you know, you get to know some people. Come on up. They may let you up. I think so. (Laughter.) I think Reggie is okay. Come on up, Reg.

“Got to see it to understand what it’s all about. It’s hard to imagine what they’ve been through. Hard to imagine,” Trump said.

White House photo of the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, on Capitol Hill May 15, where President Trump, during his address, brought the family of slain Indian-American police officer Ronil Singh of Newman, California. (Photo: White House)

“I am the brother of Corporal Ronil Singh. I’d like to thank every single law enforcement officer over here. What you guys go through — I heard stories from my brother,” Reggie Singh said in a short speech, adding praise for President Trump. “This man over here, the Singh family supports him. Whatever he is doing for the law enforcement, we support him. His team at the White House has reached out to us multiple times. Multiple times. I don’t think that ever happened before. Ever. This man is amazing, and my family supports him. Thank you,” Reggis said, interrupted several times by applause.

The President thanked him and then asked Anamika Singh if she would like to say something. At first hesitant, Anamika Singh decided to speak.

“Actually, I do want to say something,” she said, “It’s something I didn’t get to do at the office. I actually want to thank you personally for — you’re the only one that actually reached out and said — gave your condolence to the family. And it actually means a lot to all of our law enforcement families that are here. For the sacrifice my husband and his brothers in blue, in (inaudible) blue, have given,” she said, adding, “So I want to thank you for that. And we all — every family sitting out here wants justice for what happened to their loved ones. And that’s what I want for my husband.”

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