Jun 7, 2020 - Politics & Policy

White House entertains police reform


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Like House Democrats, the White House is also debating police reform this week — an addition to the president’s harsh “law and order” rhetoric toward a “phase two” approach aimed at addressing what policy the Trump administration can get behind, sources familiar with the plans tell Axios.

What we’re hearing: President Trump will host a roundtable listening session with law enforcement on Monday, “to hear their challenges and input on how to fix racial inequality in American policing,” a White House official tells Axios.

  • Trump will also meet with his senior policy team to discuss potential executive actions and reform legislation that the White House is open to supporting.

Behind the scenes: Trump’s political team, which is deeply worried about internal polling regarding the president’s response to the protests, has been pushing for the White House to be more proactive.

  • “We need to be seen as meeting the moment and go beyond the crackdown on protesters. The president recognizes that,” one administration official said.
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