In the two weeks since George Floyd’s death, President Donald Trump’s advisers have been working to prepare him for the national moment.
Some have shared stories with him about their experiences or those of their friends with racism, encouraging Trump to be more likeable.
A group of White House officials has called for ideas from supporters of criminal justice reform to reform policing and suggested that the President meet with African leaders. And this week, White House officials put the President in a room with law enforcement officials who argued that certain aspects of policing could change.
But as Trump now thinks of backing some of these reforms and tackling race and policing issues in a prominent speech, his message on the issue remains confusing and – in the view of some advisers – clinging to a tough stance he has taken on beginning of national demonstrations that some find difficult to walk backwards.
In the two weeks since the national protests began, Trump has tried to eliminate unrest using overwhelming police and military force, showing little interest in tackling systematic racism at the center of the protests and renewing his criticism of NFL players. during the national anthem. as a form of peaceful protest.
Even when he is considering proposing police reforms as early as this week, Trump and many of his top lieutenants have denied that systemic racism is a problem in policing.
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