Trump to travel to Missouri to speak at law enforcement event

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE will reportedly visit Kansas City, Mo., on Friday to deliver remarks at a law enforcement conference that will also host his acting attorney general.

The Kansas City Star reported that Trump will speak at the Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference, a three-day event centered on a Department of Justice (DOJ) initiative aimed at reducing gun violence and other violent crime.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Trump will speak to hundreds of police officers, The Kansas City Star reported, and several DOJ officials are slated to attend as well.

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinBarr’s first task as AG: Look at former FBI leaders’ conduct 5 myths about William Barr William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump MORE will address the conference on Wednesday, and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will deliver remarks on Thursday, according to a schedule of events.

Trump has been critical of Rosenstein, particularly over his handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

The president shared an edited image on Twitter last week that showed Rosenstein behind bars. Asked about the image, Trump said Rosenstein "should have never picked a special counsel.”

The president has himself endured criticism for naming Whitaker to replace former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Martin, Bobby and the will to change Overnight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' MORE.

Whitaker came under scrutiny for comments he made prior to joining the DOJ in which he suggested the attorney general could stifle funding for the special counsel's investigation, and that the scope of the probe should be limited.

Whitaker's appointment raised alarms among Democrats who expressed concerns that the acting attorney general or Trump may try to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump said last week he has "no intention" of doing so, but stopped short of pledging he would allow the investigation to reach its natural end.

While Trump has been critical of several DOJ officials, he has spoken at several conferences and forums for law enforcement during his time in office and has regularly lauded local police and first responders.