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Rosenstein Backs Trump in Speech Despite Sessions Attacks

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at the NAACP's national convention July 25, 2017. (Brian Witte/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 12:43 PM

President Donald Trump's recent criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions hasn't affected Sessions' deputy, who stood by Trump in his speech to the NAACP, Politico reports.

"In President Trump's inaugural address, he said that Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in his six-minute address at the organization's annual convention in Baltimore, Md., where he served as the U.S. attorney in Maryland for 12 years.

Rosenstein is the only Trump administration official speaking at the event. The president himself declined an invitation to speak.

"My understanding is that the invitation has been declined for this year, but certainly the invitation for dialogue with that group would happily take place, and we would certainly like to be able to continue to do that," White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters last week.

The NAACP has been critical of the Trump administration, particularly for its stance on mandatory minimums for drug sentences. Of this policy, Rosenstein said, "Our goal is not to fill prisons. Our goal is to save lives," to some quiet applause.

"We need to have the courage to get serious about crime . . . We are developing new programs and strategies to work better with communities," he continued. "The attorney general and I share your goals. Let's work together."

Although Sessions hasn't done much to address outrage over police shootings, Rosenstein highlighted his work rooting out corruption in law enforcement.

"Cases like that are extremely important, but those corrupt officers do not represent all police. Most offices are honorable people . . . We need them to be role models. They have a special responsibility to follow the rules. At the same time, citizens have an obligation to show respect for the police. Building a good relationship is a two-way street," he said.

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President Donald Trump's recent criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions hasn't affected Sessions' deputy, who stood by Trump in his speech to the NAACP, Politico reports.
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