BREAKING NEWS Butte County waiting to hear if CAL OES will extend hotel stays for Bear Fire/North Complex survivors Full Story
BREAKING NEWS About face by state health officials puts Shasta County back in Covid-19 red tier Full Story
SEVERE WX : Freeze Warning View Alerts

White House says Trump still planning to visit Kenosha after governor urges him to reconsider

Harvard Kennedy School professor Cornell William Brooks responds to the announcement that President Donald Trump will visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, to meet with law enforcement and survey protest damage. The former NAACP president explains to CNN's Wolf Blitzer how the visit turns the city into "a political prop."

Posted: Aug 30, 2020 12:44 PM
Updated: Aug 30, 2020 7:30 PM


President Donald Trump is still planning to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, this week after Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wrote him a letter urging that he reconsider as the city continues to grapple with racial unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

'The White House has been humbled by the outreach of individuals from Kenosha who have welcomed the President's visit and are longing for leadership to support local law enforcement and businesses that have been vandalized,' White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement Sunday night.

'President Trump looks forward to visiting on Tuesday and helping this great city heal and rebuild.'

The statement came hours after Evers wrote a letter to Trump outlining his concern about what the President's presence 'will mean for Kenosha and our state.'

'I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing. I am concerned your presence will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together,' Evers wrote to Trump.

'It is our job as elected officials to lead by example and to be a calming presence for the people we know are hurting, mourning, and trying to cope with trauma. Now is not the time for divisiveness,' he continued.

'Now is not the time for elected officials to ignore armed militants and out-of-state instigators who want to contribute to our anguish.'

The White House had announced on Saturday that Trump would travel to Kenosha to meet with law enforcement and to survey some of the damage from the recent protests.

Kenosha is the latest city at the center of racial unrest after Blake, a Black man, was shot in the back seven times by a White police officer. Local officials have not discussed many details about Blake's shooting but continue addressing the nightly protests in Kenosha, especially after two people at a protest were killed and a third was seriously injured this week.

A 17-year-old was arrested Wednesday and is facing multiple charges involving several people for his alleged role in a shooting incident, authorities said.

When asked if the President would meet with Blake's family, Deere said Saturday that the schedule hasn't been fully ironed out yet.

Evers adds in his letter to Trump that he is also 'concerned that an in-person visit from you will require a massive re-direction of these resources to support your visit at a time when it is critical that we continue to remain focused on keeping the people of Kenosha safe and supporting the community's response.'

His message to the President builds on comments from Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes who said earlier Sunday that Trump's presence would not be helpful in Kenosha.

'You look at the incendiary remarks that the President has made, they centered an entire convention around creating more animosity and creating more division around what is going on in Kenosha,' Barnes told CNN's John King on 'Inside Politics.'

'So, I don't know how given any of the previous statements that the President made that he intends to come here to be helpful. And we absolutely don't need that right now.'

This story has been updated to include comment from the White House.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 898799

Reported Deaths: 17305
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2968216974
Riverside657571279
San Bernardino617261070
Orange580101440
San Diego53928867
Kern33669416
Fresno30471436
Sacramento25094482
Santa Clara23881388
Alameda23133456
San Joaquin21528488
Contra Costa18413240
Stanislaus17509396
Tulare17425284
Ventura14124162
Imperial12700336
San Francisco12032140
Monterey1128487
San Mateo11002159
Santa Barbara9715120
Merced9439154
Sonoma9163134
Kings820183
Solano728674
Marin7045128
Madera498174
San Luis Obispo412132
Placer408857
Yolo314458
Butte304652
Santa Cruz275325
Napa192815
Shasta183930
Sutter183712
San Benito143215
El Dorado13084
Yuba129310
Mendocino112121
Tehama8528
Lassen7641
Lake67915
Glenn6523
Nevada6038
Humboldt5619
Colusa5496
Calaveras33917
Amador31716
Tuolumne2624
Inyo22715
Siskiyou1880
Del Norte1781
Mono1762
Mariposa782
Plumas630
Modoc290
Trinity260
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 73°
Oroville
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 75°
Paradise
Few Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 73°
Chester
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 65°
Red Bluff
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 75°
Willows
Few Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 73°
Fire danger will be extreme Sunday-Monday as the biggest dry wind event of the season takes shape. A widespread freeze in the Sierra-Cascades as low as single-digit values possible Sunday night. Mild & sunny weather after Tuesday.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events