If you watched President Trump’s speech live, you would know just how special the moment was where the partner of a slain cop was given the chance by President Trump to speak to the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol Building . It was beyond heartwarming. Vincent Maher appeared shocked when President Trump asked him to say a few words. He spoke fondly about Miosotis Familia, his partner whose family was also on stage with President Trump:
Why wasn’t this Trending on Twitter? I didn’t see this in the Twitter Moments. pic.twitter.com/8sp3lNGUIm
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) May 16, 2018
The children of Miosotis Familia speak about how great the experience was to them:
It’s interesting that this is on CNN…a shocker that they would give president Trump any sort of good press.
President Trump went off-script at the National Peace Officers' Memorial and called for a fallen NYPD officer's family to join him on stage.
— New Day (@NewDay) May 16, 2018
NYPD PARTNER SPEAKS ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE OF MEETING TRUMP AND SPEAKING:
During the ceremony, Maher gave president Trump a challenge coin in honor of Familia and the two men shared a private conversation away from the microphone.
Speaking on Fox News Wednesday, Officer Maher revealed what Trump told him in the private moment.
Officer Vincent Maher, partner of slain NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia: "When I walked away from the podium I didn’t even remember a word I said. I was just praying that I made a good statement, and I did well by the department and by the Familia family." https://t.co/hOOtUW4kKF pic.twitter.com/whSm4YBf4u
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 16, 2018
“He just commented about what an amazing person she was,” Maher said of his partner,”He thanked me for my service and gave me an ‘attaboy.’ It was kind of cool.”
Maher said that his former partner “loved” being a police officer and that it was “very unexpected” to be put on the spot by commander-in-chief.
Maher said in conclusion that he appreciates Trump’s support of law enforcement, “I definitely feel the love from the higher ups these days as far as supporting law enforcement all over the country and it is nice to have it come from the top.”
Trump welcomed Maher to give impromptu remarks at the event.
Maher said, “[Familia] may have been lost that night, but she saved a lot of lives in turn because of her memory and everything that transpired after the fact.