President Trump said he “generally” supports a ban on suffocation for police officers, but that in some cases it may be necessary.
“I don’t like chokeholds,” the president said in an interview with Fox News on Friday. “I will say this, because someone who – you grow up and you fight and you fight, or you see what happens, sometimes if you are alone and you are fighting someone, it is difficult. And you get someone in a chokehold, what will you do? And he’s a really bad person, and you know that, and there are. I mean, we have some really bad people. “
“You have someone in a chokehold, what are you going to do?” Trump continued. “Let’s go and say, ‘Let’s start from the beginning, am I not allowed to have you in a chokehold?’ “It’s a difficult situation.”
“I think the concept of chokeholds sounds so innocent and so perfect. If there are two in one, that’s a slightly different story, depending, “he said. “I think it would be a very good thing, in general, it should be over.”
Regulations for police officers performing chokeholds could be local, the president said, but the federal government “can certainly make recommendations and very strong recommendations.”
The president’s comments come as Democrats and Republicans in Congress are working on legislative proposals aimed at curbing police brutality and misconduct. The leading Republican in the US House of Representatives he said on Thursday would support the ban on chokehold, a proposal currently on the House of Representatives bill.