Trump visits Kenosha, Wisconsin the city where Jacob Blake, who was paralysed after being shot in the back seven times by police

Trump visits Kenosha, Wisconsin the city where Jacob Blake, who was paralysed after being shot in the back seven times by police

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Trump visits Kenosha, Wisconsin the city where Jacob Blake, who was paralysed after being shot in the back seven times by police


Donald Trump has visited Kenosha, Wisconsin the city where Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was paralysed after being shot in the back seven times by police.Tuesday's visit comes despite urging from local officials, including the state's governor, that the president's presence would further agitate the days of unrest that have followed the August 23 shootings and which, at times, have turned violent. 

"I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing," wrote Governor Tony Evers in a letter to Trump earlier this week.

The president will meet with law enforcement and survey "property affected by recent riots", according to the White House. Trump said on Monday he will not meet Blake's family. He said he spoke to Blake's mother's pastor to set up a phone call with the family but demurred because "they wanted to have lawyers involved and I thought that was inappropriate". 

However, shortly before leaving Washington for Kenosha, Trump told reporters his team was still "making that determination" on a meeting with the family. 

The Blake family instead plans to hold a counter-event near where Blake was shot, about two miles from where Trump will be touring the city. 

On Monday, when asked about concerns his visit could make matters worse, Trump responded: "Well it could also increase enthusiasm, and increase love for our country."

The controversial visit fits into Trump's larger message that Democratic opponent Joe Biden has sided with "anarchists" and "rioters" amid the unrest. The president, in recent weeks, has increasingly sought to focus attention on what he calls the threat to American cities and suburbs, and away from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Trump's visit also comes a week after two protesters were shot and

                                     
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