Trump Orders Crackdown on Drug Trafficking and Anti-Cop Violence

Jon Schuppe | NBC News -- 

Promising the start of "a new era of justice," President Trump signed a series of executive orders Thursday that outlined his administration's top crime-fighting targets: international drug traffickers, attacks against cops, illegal immigration and a recent uptick in violent crime.

"America faces many challenges. We face the menace of rising crime, the threat of deadly terror, and it's not getting better," Trump said before signing the orders and swearing in the man who will carry out his agenda, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "But it will very soon."

Sessions warned that the increase in crime was "a dangerous permanent trend," an assertion that many researchers say is not backed up by data. Murders and violence rose in 2015, but remain at historic lows, according to federal crime statistics.