President Donald Trump toured Kenosha, Wisconsin, and promised to help businesses rebuild after they were destroyed following the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer. The President said the federal government will be providing over $40 million in aid. He said that $1 million would go to the Kenosha Police Department and $4 million would be set aside to help small businesses. An additional $42 million will be distributed across the state to provide "direct support for law enforcement and funding for additional prosecutors."
"We're going to get it fixed up, we're going to help people rebuild their businesses in Kenosha...we're getting it straightened out," Trump told reporters.
President Trump toured the city and met with the six people whose businesses were destroyed during the riots.
"We'll help you rebuild," Trump said, adding, "This is a great area, a great state."
After touring the city, Trump hosted a roundtable discussion focused on community safety. The participants included Attorney General William Barr, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, and representatives from law enforcement agencies, small business owners, and faith leaders from the community.
President Trump defended the police and blamed the violence on "far-left politicians."
"To stop the political violence, we must also confront the radical ideology that includes this violence. Reckless far-left politicians continue to push the destructive message that our nation and our law enforcement are oppressive or racist -- they'll throw out any word that comes to them," he said at the roundtable.
President Trump said that he feels "terribly" for the family of Blake, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after getting shot in the back.
"I feel terribly for anybody that goes through that, that's why we're so honored to meet the pastors," Trump said. "I feel terribly for anybody that goes through that. As you know, it's under investigation."
The investigation is being helmed by Wisconsin's Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation, which has spent over 600 hours working the case. They have interviewed 88 witnesses and collected more than 100 pieces of evidence.
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