Jacob Blakes father said Monday that the family does not have a pastor after President TrumpDonald John TrumpBirx says she’s hopeful about coronavirus vaccine but urges people to ‘do the right thing today’McGahn argued Kushner’s security clearance should be downgraded: bookWisconsin governor urges Trump not to visit Kenosha: ‘I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing’MORE said during his press briefing that he spoke with the familys pastor.
The president announced that he would not be meeting with members of Blakes family during his Tuesday visit to Kenosha, Wis., after speaking with the familys pastor, because the family wanted to have lawyers involved.
I spoke with the pastor, wonderful man, the familys pastor,” Trump told reporters on Monday. “I thought it would be better not to do anything where there are lawyers involved.”
But Blake’s father later told CNN he was unaware who the president spoke with.
We dont have a family pastor, Jacob Blake Sr. said. I dont know who he talked to. I dont care who he talked to.
The familys legal team, including civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, clarified in a statement after the CNN interview that Trump reached out to the pastor of Jacob Blakes mother, Julia Jackson, to arrange a phone conversation with her.
He appropriately referred the White House to the legal team, but, as President Trump acknowledged during his televised briefing, he declined to have a call if Ms. Jacksons legal team monitored the call, the statement read.
The familys primary objectives are to support Jacobs recovery and to ensure justice for him, the statement continued. If the call had occurred, Ms. Jackson was prepared to ask President Trump to watch the video of Mr. Blakes shooting and to do what she has asked all of America to do — examine your heart.
During his press briefing, Trump said the request for lawyers to be involved in a call with him was inappropriate.
They wanted me to speak, but they wanted to have lawyers involved, and I thought that was inappropriate, so I didnt do that, the president said. I may at some point do that, but they did have a lawyer that wanted to be on the phone, and I said, ‘No, thats inappropriate,’ but I just gave my best regards.
The president defended his planned trip to Kenosha on Tuesday after protests broke out last week following the circulation of a video showing police shooting Jacob Blake at least seven times in the back as he opened his SUV car door. The nightly protests have been mostly peaceful, but instances of looting, fires and violence have occurred.
The White House announced over the weekend that Trump planned to visit Kenosha as demonstrations continued to meet with law enforcement and survey damage from recent riots.
The demonstrations turned deadly last Tuesday when two protesters were killed and on was injured in a shooting.
Trump defended the shooting suspect, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, at the briefing saying he was very violently attacked by protesters and he probably would have been killed.
Several Wisconsin officials, including Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian and Gov. Tony EversTony EversWisconsin governor urges Trump not to visit Kenosha: ‘I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing’ACLU demands Kenosha officials resign following the shooting of Jacob BlakeThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Pence rips Biden as radical riskMORE (D), said they wished Trump would not visit during the unrest.