Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, said Wednesday that he doesn’t regard “systemic racism” as a problem in the U.S.
Kudlow told reporters at the White House, “I don’t believe nowadays we have systemic racism.”
Protesters in cities nationwide have accused police of systematic brutality against people of color and have demanded wide-ranging reforms. Kudlow, who is white, said the White House is “looking at” an executive order on the matter. “We’re studying possible reforms,” he said.
Kudlow attributed high-profile cases of police brutality to some “very bad apples” and touted the Trump administration’s record setting up tax-advantaged “Opportunity Zones,” and pointed to conservative columnist Heather MacDonald, who wrote in the Wall Street Journal earlier this month that studies show “no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution or sentencing.”
President Donald Trump plans to publicly address policing reform while meeting with law enforcement and African-American faith leaders in Dallas on Thursday, a senior administration official said.
The president could also announce some measures to address the issue of race and policing in the U.S. that he can do on his own with an executive order, the official said.