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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 McConnellOvernight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Liberal super PAC launches browser extension replacing 'Mitch McConnell' with 'Moscow Mitch' MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday tweeted out an image of the 13-star flag to mark Independence Day.