President Trump has told people in recent days that he regrets following some of Jared Kushner's political advice, three people with direct knowledge of the president's thinking tell Axios' Jonathan Swan.
Between the lines: Trump never really wanted criminal justice reform, according to people who have discussed the subject with him privately.
- He's told them he only supported it because Kushner asked him to. He has also repeatedly trumpeted it as a politically useful policy at times.
- Trump now says privately it was misguided to pursue this policy, undercutting his instincts, and that he probably won't win any more Black support because of it.
- That's in line with the Fox News host, who said Trump's winning 2016 messages "have been since subverted at every level by Jared Kushner."
What's next: In the past 24 hours, Trump has issued a series of tweets that leave no ambiguity about where he is heading in this campaign.
- He's tweeted enthusiastically about arresting people who are looting or damaging statues, and he's promised to veto must-pass defense spending legislation if it removes Confederate generals' names from military bases.
The bottom line: Trump has made clear he wants to support law enforcement unequivocally, and he won't do anything that could be seen as undercutting police.
- In tweets this morning, Trump described Black Lives Matter as a "symbol of hate."
In response to this reporting, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement, "President Trump is very proud of the historic work that he's done to benefit all communities. The First Step Act made historic strides toward rectifying racial disparities in sentencing while his executive order to secure America's streets works with our nation's heroic police officers to ensure we have safe policing and safe communities."
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