President Trump announced that he will sign a “pretty comprehensive” executive order addressing police reform on Tuesday amid growing calls from protestors across the nation for action to reform the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
“The overall goal is we want law and order and we want it done fairly, justly. We want it done safely,” Trump told reporters Monday during a roundtable on ‘Fighting for America’s Seniors.’ “We’re going to be talking about things that we’ve been watching and seeing for the last month, and we’re going to have some solutions. I think some good solutions. And some of it, as you know, is about great people. We need great people in our police departments, and we have mostly great people in our police departments.”
The president also announced that a press conference will be held either at the “Rose Garden or maybe in the White House in a different location” prior to signing the executive order.
“We’ll have a news conference at some point in the day at the Rose Garden or maybe in front of the White House at a different location that you know very well, the steps, and we’ll see you tomorrow,” Trump said.
On details of the executive order, Trump stated it consists of input of suggestions from “different groups, particularly the sheriffs,” though “certainly we can add on to what we do” with legislative efforts underway in both the House and Senate.
Last week, Trump held a roundtable event with law enforcement and faith leaders in Dallas where he outlined a four-point plan to address police reform issues. He also announced that his administration is currently finalizing the upcoming executive order that would “encourage police departments nationwide to meet the most current professional standards of force.”
“We’re working to finalize an executive order that will encourage police departments nationwide to meet the most current professional standards for the use of force, including tactics for de-escalation,” Trump said Thursday at the Dallas event. “And that means force, but force with compassion. But if you’re going to have to really do a job, if somebody’s really bad, you’re going to have to do it with real strength, real power.”
Trump added, “We have to work together to confront bigotry and prejudice wherever they appear. But, we’ll make no progress and heal no wounds by falsely labeling tens of millions of decent Americans as racists or bigots. We have to get everybody together. We have to be in the same path. If we don’t do that, we’ll have problems.”
Earlier, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that the executive order the president would sign will detail “professional standards” for the use of force for police officers in the line of duty.
“The president has been listening to many people across the aisle and across the country when he is formulating these ideas, and he has a very large group of people helping him with that as well,” Conway said during an interview with Fox News on Monday. “I think it won’t surprise you it will talk about the role of law enforcement, making sure that people understand the role is to keep their communities safe and their neighborhoods protected, and that we don’t want to cast aspersions over an entire industry.”
Trump will separately and privately meet with black families who have been affected by police violence on Tuesday. Civil Rights lawyer Lee Merritt is reported to have helped organize the meeting between the president and the families.