“There is unity in recognizing that this is not how we want our communities to operate,” President to visit Dallas
President Barack Obama on Saturday said he believed the United States was “not as divided as some have suggested.”
“This has been a tough week,” Obama said as he began his remarks in Warsaw, Poland, where he attended a NATO summit.
But, he added, “As painful as this week has been, I firmly believe that America is not as divided as some have suggested. Americans of all races and all backgrounds are rightly outraged by the inexcusable attacks on police, whether it’s in Dallas or anywhere else. That includes protesters, that includes family members who have grave concerns about police misconduct, and they’ve said this is unacceptable. There’s no division there.”
Obama didn’t mention any critics by name, but on Friday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said racial divisions in the country have “gotten worse, not better.”
“There is sorrow, there is anger, there is confusion about next steps, but there is unity in recognizing that this is not how we want our communities to operate,” Obama said.
President Barack Obama will travel to Dallas early next week in the wake of the shootings that claimed the lives of five officers and wounded seven others.
Obama, who will appear in Dallas at the mayor’s request, is in Europe for a NATO meeting.
He will visit Spain on Saturday and will then head back to Washington on Sunday night, cutting short his European trip by one day.
“The President has accepted an invitation from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to travel to Dallas early next week,” the White House said in a statement.
“Later in the week, at the White House, the President will continue the work to bring people together to support our police officers and communities, and find common ground by discussing policy ideas for addressing the persistent racial disparities in our criminal justice system. We’ll have more details about next week’s activities as soon as they are available.”