A Trump administration program to train police officers to protect the president and his family has been branded a “carpetbaggers” training program.
According to a leaked White House document obtained by The Hill, the “campus police” program, called “Carpeterra,” was supposed to be “the new face of the police department” by 2021.
The program was to have a $3.6 million budget, but the White House revealed the budget in March 2017 was much smaller.
While the program was supposed only to take place during the “summer months,” a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security told The Hill that the department is considering expanding the program to other “weather-related emergencies.”
“The president is pleased to have the opportunity to train thousands of officers to keep America safe, and his commitment to this program has been well-received by law enforcement officials and the public alike,” DHS spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement.
During the 2016 election, the president also touted the “Campeterra” program as a way to reduce crime and increase public safety.
“We have seen an increase in our violent crime, a decrease in the number of rapes and assaults, and we have a tremendous number of people who are being held accountable,” Trump said at the time.
However, since taking office, Trump has reportedly been actively pushing for the program’s expansion to be rolled out throughout the country, and the program has faced criticism for being a far-reaching scheme that could have a detrimental impact on the local communities that it was supposed, particularly in rural communities.
Last week, a group of Black Lives Matter protesters held a rally in front of the White Houses residence in D.C. calling for an end to the program.