Police cheer Trump after jab at mayors who don't let them do their jobs

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE drew a round of applause from law enforcement officials on Friday after he took a swipe at mayors who don't let police "do their job."

"I've met police that are great police that aren't allowed to do their job because they have a pathetic mayor or a mayor that doesn't know what's going on," Trump said in a speech in Long Island, N.Y., eliciting applause from a crowd of police officers standing behind him.

"Were you applauding for someone in particular?" Trump asked with a smile, shaking his head. The jab was interpreted by some as a veiled swipe at New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de Blasio2020 Presidential Candidates Cooperate, or else: New York threatens fines to force people to help block immigration enforcement DNC raises qualifying thresholds for fifth presidential debate MORE.



De Blasio has had a particularly strained relationship with New York City Police officers, who have accused the mayor in the past of helping breed anti-police sentiment in the city.

The NYPD did not attend the event, which was not held within New York City boundaries. 

Trump's address to law enforcement on Friday focused on his administration's efforts to crack down on gang violence, particularly the MS-13 gang, which has a sizable presence in New York.

In the speech, the president harangued politicians, whom he accused of stymying police officers' ability to do their jobs. 

"They're there right now because of weak political leadership, weak leadership, weak policing and, in many cases because the police weren't allowed to do their job," Trump said, referring to MS-13.