DALLAS, Texas (KETK) – President Trump arrived in Dallas on Thursday to participate in a roundtable discussion with faith leaders, law enforcement officials, and small business owners to discuss race relations and policing.
He joins community and faith leaders at Gateway Church in Dallas, where he is expected to announce his administration’s plan for “holistic revitalization and recovery.”
He started off by mentioning the recent protests and rallies that have sparked across the nation asking to ‘defund the police.’
“We must invest more energy and resources in police training,” said President Trump. “And recruiting and community engagement and we have to respect our police, we have to take care of our police. They’re protecting us and if they’re allowed to do their job, they’ll do a great job.”
“You’ll always have a bad apple no matter where you go,” he continued.
While the coronavirus has caused many to lose their jobs, President Trump mentioned a plan to allow for equal opportunities for all.
4 Steps to build safety and opportunity and dignity:
- Step 1: Aggressively pursuing economic development in minority communities, by increasing access to capital for small businesses with minority owners.
- Step 3: Confronting the healthcare disparities including addressing chronic conditions and investing substantial sums in minority-serving medical institutions.
- Step 4: Encourage police departments nationwide to meet the most current professional standards for the use of force including tactics for de-escalation through an executive order
- Step 5: Renewing call on Congress to enact “School Choice Now.”
William Barr, U.S. Attorney General, spoke on what values he believes America stands on and continues to uphold to live out “The American Dream.”
“Without safety, you cannot have progress, you can’t have a life, a decent life in a community,” he said.
According to Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States, Texas Health Human Services allocated $15 billion to Medicaid providers and $10 billion to safety-net hospitals. Both groups of providers disproportionally serve minority groups.
“We’re working with the contortion of black medical schools to fund in scale local efforts in communities that again reach communities of color,” said Adams.
He also spoke about reform and supporting front line workers during a time of uncertanty.
“Giving front line workers the tools and the training they need to be bale to take care of these difficult situation,” he said. “As Mayor Sylvester said at George Floyd’s funeral, ‘We must encourage business leaders to invest in our underserved communities.'”
Ben Carson, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, spoke on economic infrastructure in minority communities and how important education is to young individuals.
“That’s why with the council there is so much emphasis on education because it doesn’t matter where you came from, you get a good education and you write your own ticket,” he said.
“Mr. President under your leadership, I’m confident that the American people will emerge stronger from this pandemic and more determined than ever and we the people will recognize, despite all the forces to the contrary, that we are not each other’s enemies,” said Carson as a standing ovation spread throughout the audience.
Scott Turner, Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council spoke on the opportunities that have been passed through Congress.
“The thing about revitalization, it doesn’t care what party you are,” he said. “We’re coming together as a people for the good of the community and often times you may not hear about this but we sit and convene and such as this with all of these stakeholders at one table to have the hard conversations what is the pain in the community. Why is the community distressed and what can we do together both black and white, Democrat and Republican, come together for the good of this community for long term sustainability.”
Following the roundtable, President Trump is expected to attend a fundraising dinner at a private residence. It is expected to bring in $10 million for Trump Victory, a Republican National Committee official confirmed to CNN. Trump Victory is a joint fundraising committee benefiting the Trump campaign, the RNC, and 22 state parties.