Trump praises ICE, Border Patrol in 'Salute to America' address

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE praised Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during his "Salute to America" speech on the National Mall on Thursday, in the midst of sustained public criticism of conditions for immigrants trying to cross the southern border.

"Our nation has always honored the heroes who serve our communities, first responders, police, sheriffs, ICE, Border Patrol and all of the brave men and women of law enforcement," Trump said in front of the Lincoln Memorial. "On this July Fourth, we pay special tribute to the military service members who laid down their lives for our nation."

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Trump's speech heavily praised the armed services, with Trump encouraging Americans to sign up for the military. 

Trump also briefly mentioned Betsy Ross while detailing a roll call of influential Americans. Ross has been in the news this week due to Nike's decision to recall a pair of sneakers with the original Ross flag on them after Colin Kaepernick, whom the company sponsors, said it was associated with an era of slavery.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell protege emerges as Kentucky's next rising star Hillicon Valley: Schumer questions Army over use of TikTok | Federal court rules against random searches of travelers' phones | Groups push for election security funds in stopgap bill | Facebook's new payment feature | Disney+ launch hit by glitches McConnell, GOP leaders say they won't be watching House impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday tweeted out an image of the 13-star flag to mark Independence Day.