President Donald Trump says he won’t meet with Jacob Blake’s family because they involved lawyers. Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The shooting then sparked demonstrations in the city. Trump will visit Kenosha on Tuesday.
In a news conference on Monday, the president said “Well, I spoke to the (family’s) pastor … and I thought it would be better not to do anything where there were lawyers involved. They wanted me to speak. They wanted to have lawyers involved and I thought that was inappropriate, so I didn’t do that. But I did speak with the pastor of the family.”
The President said he and the pastor had “a great talk,” further adding, “I may at some point do that, but they did have a lawyer that wanted to be on the phone and I said no. That’s inappropriate, but I did just give my best regards.”
Benjamin Crump, the attorney of the Blake family said it was a routine practice for his clients to have legal counsel with them when they spoke to someone in the government. However, Trump says he won’t meet with Jacob Blake’s family due to a lawyer being involved.
Trump says he will visit Kenosha but not meet with Blake family
“I’m not going to play politics. This is my son’s life we’re talking about,” Blake Sr. told reporters.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters earlier that, “Currently the plans are to meet with local law enforcement and some business owners, and he’ll survey the damage. But there will be more detailed plans forthcoming when they’re announced.“
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Jacob Blake’s uncle, Justin Blake told reporters he “has no interest in meeting with President Trump.”
“President Trump is a racist who stokes racial tensions. He has been stirring racial tensions since he got in the White House. Why, as Jacob’s uncle, would I want to talk to him? Our focus is on Jacob and healing the community,” Justin Blake said, adding that he hasn’t discussed with Jacob Blake’s mother about speaking with Trump.