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Trump: Calls to defund the police are a 'fad'

Posted On: Jul 10, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

Trump: Calls to defund the police are a 'fad'

President Donald Trump on Friday asserted that calls to defund the police would eventually die off, writing off the movement for wide scale police reform as a “fad.”
“We will never, ever defund our police. OK? That I can tell you. We are not defunding police,” Trump said during an unrelated event at U.S. Southern Command in Florida.
“What's going on here, admiral, when you hear ‘defund the police,' you are probably saying it's a foreign language, right?” he continued. “So, just a terrible thing, but I assume this is going to be a fad. We'll call it a fad.”
It's the first contention from the president that the push from police reform, borne out of recent global protests over law enforcement killings of Black Americans and broader racial inequities, will simply fade away despite sustained calls for police reform nearly a month and a half after the protests first erupted.
Demands to defund the police have grown , especially on the political on the left, despite disagreements over what exactly that entails.
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