President Donald Trump will travel on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where unrest has surged over the past week in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting.
During a roundtable discussion in Orange, Texas, in which President Trump toured damage from Hurricane Laura on Saturday, he was asked if he would visit Kenosha, reported Politico.
“Probably so,” President Trump responded. “We’ve had tremendous success as you know. We were finally able to get the go ahead from the local authorities to send in the National Guard. We sent in the National Guard, and within a few minutes of the Guard, everybody cleared out and it became safe.”
The city has seen days of protests, and subsequently violence since the shooting took place. President Trump addressed the shooting after wrapping up his rally in New Hampshire on Friday.
“I’m looking into it very strongly. I’ll be getting reports and I’ll certainly let you know pretty soon. But It was not a good sight. I didn’t like the sight of it certainly. And I think most people would agree with that,” he said.
.@realDonaldTrump says he’s looking into the shooting of Jacob Blake: “It was not a good sight. I didn’t like the sight of it, certainly, and I think most people would agree with that.” More tonight on @WMUR9 at 11pm, full 1-on-1 interview airs Sunday 10am on CloseUp. #WMUR pic.twitter.com/ECwfwKg0kW
— WMUR TV (@WMUR9) August 29, 2020
Blake was paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot seven times by police during an arrest. The police were attempting to arrest him for violating a restraining order stemming from an alleged sexual assault claim, according to the New York Post.
They also said that Blake was wielding a knife at the time of the shooting. He had put one of the arresting officers in a headlock and shrugged off two attempts to taser him.
The shooting led to days of unrest in Kenosha. On Tuesday night, two people were fatally shot and another was injured. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has been charged in connection with the shooting. Rittenhouse is shown in video footage before the shooting with other armed vigilantes explaining that he came to protect local businesses from looting.
When asked about the shooting of two Kenosha protesters, President Trump said the case is under investigation and he would comment on it in 24 to 48 hours after receiving more information.