Trump repeatedly praises 'CBC' at event honoring Customs and Border Protection

Trump repeatedly praises 'CBC' at event honoring Customs and Border Protection

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE on Monday repeatedly praised Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as "CBC" during an event to honor immigration agents at the White House. 

While speaking about the sacrifices that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol agents make, Trump continually referred to CBP as "CBC," a common acronym for the Congressional Black Caucus. 

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"I want to thank a true and loyal friend of ICE and CBC, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceSchumer urges declassification of letter from Pence aide Majority of voters don't believe new info will be revealed in Senate trial Republican group calls for 'President Pence' amid impeachment trial MORE," Trump said at one point during the "Salute to the Heroes" event. 

He later said that "the extremists who attack ICE and CBC like to portray themselves as champions of social justice. They are not."

Multiple reporters took to Twitter to note the mistake. Bloomberg's White House reporter, Jennifer Jacobs, also tweeted that the teleprompter Trump was reading from referred to the organization as CBP. 
The speech came during an event in which the Trump administration honored multiple ICE and Border Patrol agents for their efforts in combating illegal immigration and crime. 
 
Trump, whom Democrats frequently attack over his hard-line immigration policies, on Monday also sent a letter to state and local officials imploring them to praise immigration agents for the sacrifices they have made.