CBS News October 8, 2018, 2:19 PM Trump touts "stop and frisk" in speech to police group in Orlando — live updates
President Trump touted the "stop and frisk" policy in a speech Monday to the International Association of Chief of Police Annual Convention in Orlando, saying it's a policy that works and was meant for places like Chicago.
The president, who regularly brings up Chicago when talking about crime, said that city should strongly consider the controversial "stop and frisk" policy used when his lawyer Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York city.
"I have directed the attorney general's office to immediately go to the great city of Chicago to help straighten out the terrible shooting wave. I'm going to straighten it out and straighten it out fast," Mr. Trump said. "There's no reason for what's going on there. I've told them to work with local authorities to try to change the terrible deal the city of Chicago entered into with ACLU, which ties law enforcement's hands and to strongly consider stop and frisk. It works and it was meant for problems like Chicago. It was meant for it. Stop and frisk."
"And Rudy Giuliani, when he was mayor of New York City, had a very strong program of stop and frisk, and it went from an unacceptably dangerous city to one of the safest city in the country and I think the safest big city in the country, so it works. Got to be properly applied, but stop and frisk works. The crime spree is a terrible blight on that city and we'll do everything possible to get it done."
In his speech, Mr. Trump also praised Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was successfully confirmed over the weekend.
The president spoke with with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on his way to Orlando, and said he has no plans to fire the DOJ's second-in-command. Mr. Trump told reporters he has a "very good relationship" with Rosenstein, aside from the Russia investigation. Mr. Trump had intended to meet with Rosenstein for days, after the New York Times reported that Rosenstein had suggested wiretapping the president and invoking the 25th Amendment — claims Rosenstein denied.
Mr. Trump, speaking to reporters before heading to Orlando, said the allegations against Kavanaugh were "all made up," and said he thinks the American public will see through Democrats' "charade" in the Kavanaugh saga. Some Democrats are threatening to impeach Kavanaugh if they gain control of Congress.
"The American public has seen this charade, has seen this dishonesty by the Democrats and when you mention impeach, a justice of the United States Supreme Court who is a top scholar, top student, top intellect, and who did nothing wrong, and there was no corroboration of any kind, and went through seven FBI investigations, had nothing to do with any of this stuff," Mr. Trump said.
Upon returning to Washington, the president will later swear in Kavanaugh at a ceremony at the White House. Hours after he was confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh was officially sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts in a private ceremony with his family at the Supreme Court. First Lady Melania Trump will not attend, with her office citing a long-standing prior commitment.
"The first lady regrets that she will not be able to celebrate with the Kavanaugh family on such a special evening, but she has a longstanding prior commitment she was unable to change at the last minute," the first lady's spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, told CBS News.