Trump Clashes With Fox Interviewer Over Biden Police Defunding Claim
US President Donald Trump has clashed with a Fox News interviewer over his claims that Democratic challenger Joe Biden plans to defund the police.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
During the interview conducted on the patio outside the Oval Office, Trump blamed rising violence in some cities on their Democratic leaders.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
“They’ve run them poorly,” Trump said after reporter Chris Wallace pointed out that many of the cities had been run by Democratic mayors for decades.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
“It was always bad, but now it’s gotten totally out of control. And it’s really because they want to defund the police, and Biden wants to defund the police,” Trump claimed.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
“No, sir, he does not,” Wallace countered during a testy moment in the exchange shown in a clip tweeted by Fox News Sunday.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Trump then claimed Biden had signed a charter with left-wing Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders to cut law enforcement budgets.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
When contradicted, Trump demanded his aides find the policy charter but was not able to find any such statement, Wallace said in later comments on Fox.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The movement to defund the police followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis late in May when an officer held him to the ground with a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
It has had some impact, with New York cutting its annual police budget by $1 billion after weeks of protest in the city.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The full interview is scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday.
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