Police officers clash with protesters in Atlanta during a demonstration over the Minneapolis death of George Floyd while in police custody. | Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Tuesday on Capitol Hill that President Donald Trump wants to overhaul police laws “sooner rather than later,” the first signal that the administration is interested in engaging in the conversation dominating the country.
Meadows, Jared Kushner and Assistant to the President Ja’Ron Smith met with Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) — the Senate Republican tapped to lead the chamber’s police reform effort — in the Hart Senate Office Building on Tuesday afternoon hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) threw his weight behind Scott’s effort to reexamine the statutes governing law enforcement.
“We’re hopeful that we can address the issue in a real way,” Meadows said of the push to reform policing.