Ahmaud Arbery's Mother Praises Trump After White House Meeting


Ahmaud Arbery’s mother praised President Donald Trump and said he was “very compassionate” when he met with families affected by violence against African-Americans on Tuesday prior to signing a police reform executive order.

Arbery, 25, was jogging on Feb. 23 in Brunswick, Georgia, when Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, allegedly confronted him with two firearms.

During the encounter, Travis McMichael shot and killed Arbery, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation news release.

Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery’s mother, was one of the many people who met with the president prior to him signing a police reform executive order on Tuesday.

“I was very, very emotional throughout the whole conference,” she said later in a clip played on Fox News’ “Special Report.

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“[Trump] was very compassionate. He showed major concern for all families. Not just one family but for all families.”

“I can say that President Trump was very receiving,” she added.

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“He listened and he addressed each and every family accordingly,” Cooper-Jones said.

Trump replied to the clip, which Ivanka Trump posted on Twitter, and said that Arbery “is looking down from heaven & is very proud of his wonderful & loving mom!!!”

According to a tweet from Fox News congressional reporter Chad Pergram, Cooper-Jones said that the president assured the families that they “would and should expect change.”

After Trump met with the families, he signed an executive order aimed at establishing national law enforcement standards and reaffirmed his opposition to defunding police.

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The president’s executive order specifically calls for state and local law enforcement agencies to ban chokeholds, “except in those situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law.”

The order also says police departments will only be rewarded with federal grants when their policing practices and procedures are certified by an independent credentialing body.

When Cooper-Jones was asked about the executive order, she said she didn’t think it was enough “but I do think that it’s a start,” according to CBS News White House correspondent Fin Gomez.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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