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President Donald Trump speaks to the Major County Sheriffs' Association and Major Cities Chiefs Association, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump bashed judges ruling on his travel ban, saying it was a 'weapon' police need

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Rewatch President Trump's speech to the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

In a wide-ranging speech to law enforcement officials of the Major Cities Chiefs Association Wednesday morning, President Trump bashed lawyers who opposed his controversial travel ban, implying they were misunderstanding crystal-clear language. 

He also said the ban was a "weapon that you [law enforcement officials] need, and they're trying to take it away from you." 

It's correct, but it's not politically correct.
President Trump

Trump read a section of legal code that he said gave him the power to execute the travel ban, saying it was "perfectly written and clear to anybody," including "good students" and "bad students."

He also noted the lack of gender-neutral language, saying "It should read 'he or she'...but hopefully it's not a 'she' for at least another seven years."

Trump bashed judges ruling on his travel ban, saying it was a 'weapon' police need

WATCH | Trump said a "bad high school student" could understand his ban. 

I don't want to call a court biased, so I won't...Courts seem to be so political.
President Trump

He accused lawyers speaking against his travel ban of saying things that had "nothing to do with what I just read."

President Donald Trump speaks to the Major County Sheriffs' Association and Major Cities Chiefs Association, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump speaks to the Major County Sheriffs' Association and Major Cities Chiefs Association, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

He said he originally wanted a one-month delay on implementing his travel ban, but "law enforcement people" said this would give terrorists and other dangerous people time to "pour in" to the U.S. 

 Here are some other major policies Trump proposed in the speech:

  • A "zero tolerance policy" for acts of violence committed against law enforcement
  • An effort to battle mental health issues. "Prisons should not be a substitute for treatment," Trump said.
  • Empowering police to arrest "illegal immigrant gang members." In his words: "You know 'em by their first names, you know 'em by their nicknames...the federal government can never be that precise."
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