The White House may send Obama to Ferguson, Missouri in the coming weeks. The White House says a trip right now may do more harm than good.
The Hill reported:
The White House has weighed sending President Obama to Ferguson, Mo., and has not ruled out a visit in upcoming weeks, according to sources familiar with the internal decisionmaking.
For now, the White House believes a trip by Obama to Ferguson would do more harm than good, by diverting resources on the ground at a pivotal time for law enforcement.
One senior administration official familiar with the talks said Obama didn’t rule a trip in or out at this point, but added that there are no immediate plans for the president to go to the St. Louis suburb.
A presidential trip would require heavy security at a time when state and local authorities, along with the Missouri National Guard, are dealing with demonstrations, protests and looting in the wake of the killing by a police officer of an unarmed black teenager.
Another night of clashes between police and demonstrators erupted Monday, leading to dozens of arrests and reports of shots being fired by some protestors.
“The volatility of the situation demands that the president go down there when the time is right to make sense of what is going on in Ferguson,” said Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist and a former longtime aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
First, they’ll have to get him off the golf course.