October 22, 2020

Trump calls Ahmaud Arbery killing ‘very disturbing’ but says he trusts Georgia justice

President Trump said Friday he had watched the video of Ahmaud Arbery being shot and found it “very disturbing” and “heartbreaking,” but he is confident the Georgia legal system will come down on the side of justice.

Local prosecutors said this week, after the video surfaced, that they would bring the two-month-old case to a grand jury.

In a phone interview on Fox News Friday morning, Trump said Arbery’s death on Feb. 23 in Brunswick, Ga., was “a very disturbing situation to me.” He did not comment on the outrage that has been sparked by the release of the video, showing Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was unarmed, stopped in the middle of a road by two white men, a father and son, before he was shot to death.

The men, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, have been charged with murder.

The president did note that he had seen a photo of Arbery wearing a tuxedo. “I will say that that looks like a really good young guy,” he said of Arbery. “It’s a very disturbing situation to me, and my heart goes out to the parents and the families and the friends. But yet we have to take it — you know, law enforcement’s going to take it, and they have a really good governor in the state — a very good governor, actually — and he’s going to be looking at it very strongly, and he’s going to do what’s right.”

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