Biden Ignores Police Request To Delay Trip

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The police union in Syracuse, New York has condemned Joe Biden’s planned upcoming trip to the city. The president is expected to tout the recent passage of the CHIPS Act. 

The trip comes after the tragic loss of two police officers in the line of duty last week. Both New York legislators and members of the local community have voiced their disapproval of the president’s visit.

Not that he, or really, his staff, cared.

The Washington Examiner spoke with Joe Moran, spokesperson for the Syracuse Police Benevolent Association, who expressed his belief that the president does not grasp the gravity of the tragedy that has befallen the community.

“This has probably been the worst week in our lives for each and every one of us,” Moran said.

The funeral for Onondaga County Lt. Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Hoosock, one of the two officers who were killed, was held Monday. The community held a funeral, which was attended by hundreds of the area’s police officers and law enforcement officials, for Syracuse police officer Michael Jensen on Saturday.

“I’m shocked that President Biden says federal grants and Micron is more important than the death of two police officers,” Moran said. “Either he’s underestimating … the impact that this has had on our members or he just doesn’t care.

“It’s one of the two,” Moran continued. “Whichever one it is, it’s unacceptable.”

“It’s going to bring our workforce front and center to have to come in and provide security this weekend,” Moran said. “The timing of this is just wrong.”

The biggest problem for the president’s visit is that it will require “extensive manpower” from the police department to assist the Secret Service for a presidential visit. 

Republican New York Rep. Brandon Williams joined the police union to askt he president to delay the trip in a letter obtained by The Daily Caller.

“In light of these tragic events, we are hearing from local law enforcement officers that personnel are still recovering from this tragedy and grieving their fallen brothers. I echo their request that you postpone this week’s speaking engagement in Central New York,” Williams wrote.

“I would be happy to join you in announcing this critical funding at a later date—it is worth celebrating. Mr. President, I ask you to heed the calls of local law enforcement and postpone it to a later date,” he continued.

The president declined. Bragging about his massive spending bills is more important than the police.  

This isn’t the first time that Biden has stepped on a police funeral. Earlier in the year, the president chose to have a celebrity-filled fundraiser in New York City rather than attending the wake of an NYPD officer killed in the line of duty. 

His rival, former President Donald Trump, joined the grieving family and spoke. 

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