White House considering Trump speech on race, unity: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses 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 CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBen Carson notes reveal he's 'not happy' with White House official: report Trump pledges to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, designate KKK a terrorist group in pitch to Black voters State AGs condemn HUD rule allowing shelters to serve people on basis of biological sex 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 RomneyPresident Trump faces Herculean task in first debate HBO's Oliver laments 'dark week' after Barrett nomination: 'Hopeless' The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Trump's tax return bombshell 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 ToomeyAppeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy 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.