White House considering Trump speech on race, unity: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE could make a major address to the nation regarding policing and the recent protests over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, White House aides say, according to a new report by CNN.

Aides to the president have reportedly been discussing plans for a speech in recent days in response to widespread bipartisan backlash to the president's response so far, which has included a tweet that read "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," a phrase that earned criticism from many, including some GOP members of the Senate.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBen CarsonBen Carson launches conservative think tank Trump's '1776 Report' released on MLK Day receives heavy backlash Biden has an opportunity to win over conservative Christians MORE hinted as much during an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.


"I believe you're going to be hearing from the president this week on this topic in some detail. And I would ask you maybe to reserve judgment until after that time," he said.

At the same time, CNN reported that some Trump advisers think the president can double down on his "law and order" message, even though he came under criticism last week because of it.

These advisers argue that the reduction in violence since Trump's statement last Monday would allow him to argue his actions have been effective.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on CNN's reporting.

Trump's handling of the protests has created some frictions within the GOP.


Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate Biden's picks face peril in 50-50 Senate Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo MORE (R-Utah) joined protests in Washington on Sunday, and some GOP lawmakers have joined in on the criticism of the president. 

"I have not spoken with the president in the last few days. I do think some of his tweets have not been helpful, and it would be helpful if he would change the tone of his message," said Sen Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyPhilly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote Toomey on Trump vote: 'His betrayal of the Constitution' required conviction MORE (R-Pa.), according to USA Today.

Floyd was killed on Memorial Day when a white Minneapolis police officer detained him and then pinned him to the ground with his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. Outrage over Floyd's death has led to nationwide protests and calls to defund police departments and to enact other reforms.