White House Lit Up Blue to Honor Police Officers, Something Obama Refused to Do

Finally, a president shows respect for U.S. law enforcement.

In honor of National Police Week, President Trump ordered the White House to be lit up in blue lights Monday night to honor the law enforcement officers who risk life and limb on a daily basis to protect and serve. Governors were also asked to fly flags at half-staff in honor of Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

During the day on Monday, Trump spoke to the families of fallen officers and also signed a proclamation to have the Department of Justice develop better strategies to help prevent violence against police officers and stiffer penalties for those that do.

"Every drop of blood spilled from our heroes in blue is a wound inflicted upon the whole country," Trump told the crowd. "And every heartache known by your families in law enforcement is a sorrow shared by the entire family of the American nation."

This is a far cry from the last administration. President Obama refused a request to light the White House blue in 2016 to honor the five slain officers killed during a Black Lives matter protest in Dallas. Obama’s press secretary responded to the request at that time, saying, “That’s not something that we plan to do at this point.”

But just one month earlier, Obama championed the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage by lighting up the White House in rainbow colors.