At a press briefing on Monday, President Trump expressed sympathy over the February shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man in Georgia allegedly killed by two white men. A few moments later, the president said other events may have occurred that weren’t recorded on the video of the shooting that was recently released.
DONALD TRUMP: As far as the incident, I think it's horrible, and it's certainly being looked at by many people. I'm speaking to many people about it. He looked, I saw the picture of him in his tuxedo. It was so beautiful. I mean, he looks like a wonderful young guy. Would have been a wonderful-- I mean, just a wonderful guy. I think it's a horrible thing. I think it's a horrible thing.
Now, with that being said, as you know, they're studying the case very carefully. They're interviewing everybody involved, and we'll see what happens. To me, it's a very sad thing. I spoke to a number of people that are very much involved in it.
I'd been following that one very closely. It breaks your heart to watch it. It breaks your heart. And, certainly, the video was a terrible looking video to me. But you have a lot of people looking at it. And, hopefully, an answer is going to be arrived at very quickly. But it's something that is heartbreaking.
- I have a specific question about the case, if I can ask it. This specific question I have is, you said that there, possibly, are things that happened that were not recorded on the tape. Could you expound on what you mean by that? And your thoughts on--
DONALD TRUMP: Yeah. Well, I saw the tape, and when they moved left. I don't believe, when they move left outside of the tape, nobody saw what was going on. Nobody saw it, it's an empty spot on the tape, I guess. Now do they have additional tapes? I hope. But I will say that it's something that, based on what I saw, doesn't look good.
Somebody that I have a lot of respect for, is senator Scott, of South Carolina, you know who I'm talking about. He's a great gentleman. He's a great senator, is a great gentleman, Tim Scott. And I called him two days ago. I said, Tim. What do you think? Tell me, what do you think? He's very disturbed by it. He's very disturbed. And I'm very disturbed, also.