Deputy Assistant to President Trump, Ja’Ron Smith, appeared on Fox News with Bret Bair tonight where he discussed the attacks by Democrats over President Trump’s police reform executive order. Smith called Democrats criticisms of Trump ridiculous, saying “The whole concept of prison reform came from the president,” adding that the “First Step Act” was passed while Republicans had a majority in both the House and Senate. Ja’Ron also noted that permanent funding for HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) happened under President Trump’s leadership. Smith also noted that Senator Chuck Schumer might want to criticize Trump, but that he’s responsible for creating the system that has given them broken neighborhoods in New York.
Baier asked Smith about the meeting President Trump and AG Barr had with the families of victims of police brutality. Smith called the meeting with law enforcement and the families a “very emotional moment,” adding “The thing that speaks the most loudly” is his “executive order that accounted for ways that we can reform our system in a positive way along with law enforcement officers. Smith called the meeting a “watershed moment” with America.
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) June 16, 2020
Wanda Cooper Jones, the mother of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, appeared on Fox News where she talked about her meeting with President Trump today. On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was shot by a white father and son as he ran through a Georgia neighborhood.
Ivanka Trump tweeted the interview about the conference with President Trump, AG Barr, law enforcement and the families of victims. President Trump retweeted her tweet, adding, “A GREAT woman. Her son is looking down from heaven & is very proud of his wonderful & loving mom!!!”
Mrs. Cooper Jones told reporters: “I can say that President Trump was very compassionate, he showed major concern for all families—not just one family, but for all families. He listened, and he addressed each and every family accordingly.”