US: Trump visits Kenosha but do not meet Jacob Blake's family

Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

US President Donald Trump visits Kenosha on Tuesday but doesn't plan to meet with the family of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot seven times in the back by a US police officer.

Earlier on Monday, Trump said that is not going to meet with Jacob Blake's family in Wisconsin because they wanted to involve lawyers.

After massive civil unrest in the Wisconsin city, Trump visited the city to meet the "hurting Americans."

According to press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, "currently the plans are to meet with local law enforcement and some business owners and he'll survey the damage."

The President was repeatedly urged by the Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Mayor John Antaramian to not visit Kenosha, but the President decided to ignore the requests.

Another White House spokesman, Ben Williamson, said in a tweet that Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows had reached out on the president’s behalf to Blake’s family and left “multiple” messages since last week.

The reason the visit was being objected to was that the local leaders and authorities felt his presence in the city could fuel violence and increase the tensions in the already-burning city. 

Publish : 2020-09-01 13:23:07

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