By Jordan Fabian
February 9, 2017
President Trump said Thursday he is signing three executive actions on crime and public safety, including one that targets drug cartels.
"I'm signing three executive actions today designed to restore safety in America,” Trump said in the Oval Office after swearing in Jeff Sessions as attorney general.
It's unclear what any of the actions would do precisely, and the White House did not immediately provide copies of what Trump had signed.
Trump said he is directing the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security “to undertake all necessary and lawful action to break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation and are destroying the blood of our youth.”
Another action, Trump said, establishes a Justice Department task force aimed at reducing violent crime and orders the agency to develop a plan to stop crimes against law enforcement officers.
"We have a crime problem," said Sessions. "I wish the rise that we're seeing in crime in America today were some sort of aberration or blip," he continued, calling it a "dangerous permanent trend that places the health and safety of the American people at risk."
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