]>> On the day of President Trump's meeting with the largest police union in the United States, which fervently supported his presidential campaign, leaders from that union broke with Trump for the first time. Telling him they disagree with the decision to cut funding to sanctuary city police because it could hurt public safety.
Reuters correspondent Julia Edwards Ainsley reported the story.>> The meeting between the fraternal order of police and President Trump at the White House comes one day after the Justice Department announced they would be restricting federal funds through police grants. The Fraternal Order of Police told Trump that this would endanger public safety and that they, while they supported his move to enforce immigration law, they thought that it shouldn't come at the cost of local police.
>> Unfortunately some states and cities have adopted policies designed to frustrate this enforcement of immigration laws.>> The announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions came as a surprise to police would taken Trump at his word when he said in January that funding used specifically for law enforcement would not be restricted from sanctuary cities.
Even though he vowed to crack down on them.>> In sanctuary cities, police are often the ones who are being used to carry out those policies. And often they do not tell Federal Immigration Authorities when they are releasing undocumented immigrants from incarceration. And so these grants are going after those police.
>> The unions argument is that the police are just following the policies of their city and shouldn't be the ones punished for them.>> So now Trump finds himself kind of pitted against two of his most loyal allies, the police and, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. So Trump reassured the police unions that he would go back, and make sure that none of the funding restricted will come at the cost of public safety.
But of course that would be hard to do unless he directly contradicts what the Attorney General announced it on Monday.>> Edwards Ainsley says police union leaders are now wondering how Trump can be the President of Law and Order. While at the same time persecute police who are just enforcing the laws of their local jurisdictions.
A move that could lower this favorability with one of his key backers.>> I will always have your back, 100%, like you've always had mine.