President Donald Trump showed his appreciation for fallen police officers at a ceremony on Monday. The event was sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.
The president spoke at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Capitol Hill, as the Associated Press reported.
President Trump said that “attacks on our police are a stain on the fabric of our society.” He also said that it’s “time to work with our cops, not against them.”
Trump also signed a memorandum for recognizing Peace Officers’ Memorial Week and Police Week. The event was first recognized by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 and takes place the week following May 15.
As CBS News reported, 118 officers died in the line of duty in 2016, and 66 of those were “victims of malicious attacks.”
While speaking at the event, President Trump shared a touching moment with Mike, the 6-year-old son of a fallen police officer:
After explaining why he wasn’t wearing a hat to the event, he gently tossed it to the boy.
Trump’s heartfelt impromptu moment nonetheless generated criticism:
Trump just tossed a hat at 6 year old son of a fallen police officer at his Memorial Service. UNBELIEVABLE. pic.twitter.com/ko4qNrPd5I
— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) May 15, 2017
What’s “unbelievable” is that a president can’t share a heartfelt, unscripted moment as a kind gesture to the son of a fallen police officer. It’s not the “hat” that counts, it’s the sentiment behind it.