CLEVELAND — The theme of the day at the Republican National Convention is "Make America Safe Again" — and surrogates for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump lobbed criticism at President Barack Obama for his reaction to a recent spate of attacks targeting police officers.
In contrast, police unions and individual officers see Trump as an advocate, Corker said.
"When they hear Trump's name, they light up, because they feel like they finally have someone who will stand behind them," Corker said.
Trump is rumored to be rolling out his choices for some Cabinet positions at the convention this week.
After Sunday's shooting in Baton Rouge which killed three officers, Obama cautioned Americans to tone down "inflammatory rhetoric" and "careless accusations."
Millville, N.J. police chaplain Robert Ossler prays at a makeshift memorial at the shooting scene in Baton Rouge, La., where several law enforcement officers were either shot or killed. (AP/Gerald Herbert)
In response, Trump blasted Obama for a "lack of leadership" on the issue of violence against police.
"President Obama just had a news conference, but he doesn't have a clue," Trump tweeted last night. "Our country is a divided crime scene, and it will only get worse!"
Convention proceedings get underway around 1 p.m. today at the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland. Local authorities are expecting numerous protests, and have amped up the police presence in the nearby area in case of possible violence.
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