WH: Trump ‘Appalled’ by Democrats’ Call to Defund the Police

Melanie Arter | June 8, 2020 | 3:42pm EDT
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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, June 8, 2020. - Democratic lawmakers knelt in silent tribute to George Floyd in the US Congress on June 8, 2020 before unveiling a package of sweeping police reforms in response to the killing of African Americans by law enforcement. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, June 8, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Efforts by Democrats to dismantle and defund the police department represents a “rolling back” of the “protective layers that protect Americans in their homes and places of business,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Monday.

McEnany was asked about President Donald Trump’s thinking on such proposed reforms, the press secretary said the president is “appalled by the defund the police movement.”

“The fact that you have sitting congresswomen wanting to defund the police, notably Rashida Talib, notably Biden advisor AOC – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – former Clinton and Eric Holder spokesperson Brian Fallon wanting to defund the police. It's extraordinary,” McEnany said.

“When you think the left has gone far and they couldn't go further because we all remember the defund ICE movement. They want to defund Immigration and Custom Enforcement, and now defund the police. This is extraordinary. This is rolling back the protective layers that protect Americans in their homes and in places of business,” she said.

Trump is “appalled by it,” the press secretary said. “It's remarkable to hear this coming from today's Democrat Party. As for solutions, he’s talking through a number of proposals. No announcements on that, but he recognizes the horrid injustice done to George Floyd and is taking a look at various proposals.”

As to whether Trump agrees with mayors who want to take money designated for policing and put it towards other programs aimed at community development, which could reduce the need for police, McEnany said, “If the mayor of L.A. wants to defund police, take money away from police. Mayor de Blasio, the mayor of New York wants to take money away from police, that means cutting of police. 

“That means reducing police departments. That means defunding police departments if not getting rid of them. No, he doesn't agree with that, and the rest of America doesn't agree with that,” the press secretary said.

Asked whether Trump thinks there’s systemic racism in U.S. law enforcement, McEnany said, “The president’s been very clear there are injustices in society. I’ve noted several for you that he’s pointed out as a Republican primary candidate, noting the Sandra bland video was absolutely horrible, noting George Floyd. There’s a civil rights investigation into that. 

“He definitely believes there are instances of racism, but look, he believes our law enforcement are the best in the world. He believes that by and large they're good people. The 750 who were injured defending this country from rioters and Antifa in the streets has to be distinguished from the peaceful protesters,” he said.

“Those 750 officers who were hurt defending our country were heroes as was David Dorn, a police officer who lost his life and Patrick Underwood who also lost his life in the last week or so,” McEnany said.

When pressed on whether Trump thinks that there’s systemic racism in law enforcement, McEnany said, “He believes most of our police officers are good, hard-working people. There’s a lot of evidence of that, and he has great faith in our police department.”

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