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Uniformed Los Angeles Airport Police and Firefighters Take Selfies With Former President Donald Trump at LAX

Social media users criticized the law enforcement officers and firefighters for seemingly endorsing a candidate running for office while in uniform and collecting a tax-payer-funded check.

3:14 PM PDT on July 10, 2023

A video showing dozens of law enforcement officers and at least two Los Angeles firefighters greeting former President Donald Trump at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is stirring controversy on social media.

“HAPPENING NOW at Los Angeles International Airport,” senior Trump advisor Dan Scavino Jr. tweeted on Sunday afternoon.

On Monday morning, LAist reporter Frank Stoltze retweeted Scavino’s post and noted that members of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, California Highway Patrol (CHP), and Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) are visible in the video.

With Trump’s Boeing 757 jet parked in the background, the group of local first responders applauds the recently-indicted former president as he emerges from an SUV and begins shaking hands before posing for a giant group photo.

Afterward, uniformed officers with the Los Angeles Airport Police Department and the California Highway Patrol eagerly approach Trump for more photos. Later, two men in Los Angeles firefighters uniforms are seen shaking Trump’s hand and smiling for selfies with the former president.

Social media users criticized the law enforcement officers and firefighters for seemingly endorsing a candidate running for office while in uniform and collecting a tax-payer-funded check.

“Hey @CHP_HQ since when are your officers allowed to do photo ops for political candidates on duty?” One person tweeted.

"The California Highway patrol (CHP) does not endorse any political candidates," Officer April Elliott, public information officer for the CHP, said in a statement to L.A. TACO. "On July 9, 2023, several CHP personnel — along with law enforcement from several agencies — were assigned to a protective detail for the former president. As is common for high-profile visits across the political spectrum, the group posed for photographs. There was no political endorsement taking place while the officers took picture, and the officers did not violate department policy."

"In reviewing the video, we see no violation of department policy," LAFD spokesperson Erik Scott said in an email.

The Los Angeles Airport Police did not respond to a request for comment.

When asked about the criticism, a Trump spokesperson told Newsweek, "President Trump is the law and order President, and he's the only one who can bring safety and security to all communities."

Trump continues to make public appearances a month after being indicted on 37 criminal counts related to the hoarding of hundreds of classified documents. He pleaded not guilty to the federal charges at a Miami courthouse on June 13.

A day before appearing in Los Angeles, Trump received cheers during a UFC championship event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, when he entered the stadium with UFC founder Dana White.

At the arena, Trump was seen high-fiving fans and chatting with podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan, as well as actor Mark Walhberg and celebrity restaurateur Guy Fieri.

L.A. TACO reached out to the , California Highway Patrol, and Los Angeles Fire Department for comment and will update this story if we hear back.

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