Fwd: WH Travel Pool 8c: Comments on Clinton emails/fuller BLM quotes

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Date: July 10, 2016 at 3:58:36 PM GMT+2
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Subject: WH Travel Pool 8c: Comments on Clinton emails/fuller BLM quotes

On the issue of Clinton emails, POTUS again declined to address it specifically.

"The FBI director took the extraordinary step of explaining in methodical fashion how they arrived at their conclusion. The attorney general accepted the recommendation of investigators. And as a consequence I think it's inappropriate for me to second guess or comment."

He then addressed again the larger issues of transmitting information in real time but ensuring it is not mishandled. "Without commenting on what Director Comey said I can say that Secretary Kerry is and has been concerned about this generally and has stood up initiatives to try to improve those information flows and that I'm concerned about this throughout the government generally. It just has a particular salience when you're talking about diplomatic cables and issues involving national security. ... I don't think we have it perfectly solved."

He noted Wikileaks was a big piece of this which exposed vulnerabilities including hacking in the White House.

Fuller BLM quotes. As always check against transcript:

Referring to the ability to speak truth to power in America: "That is sometimes messy and controversial. But because of that ability to protest and engage in free speech, America over time has gotten better. We've all benefited from that."

Alluding to past movements, including for abolition and women rights, "activists might have engaged in rhetoric that was overheated and occasionally counterproductive. But the point was to raise issues so that we as a society could grapple with them.
What we're seeing now is part of that long standing tradition.

"Whenever those of us who are concerned about fairness in the criminal justice system attack police officers, you are doing a disservice to the cause. First of all, any violence directed at police officers is a reprehensible crime and needs to be prosecuted. But even rhetorically, if we paint police in broad brush without recognizing that the vast majority of police officers are doing a really good job and are trying to protect people and do so fairly and without racial balance, if the rhetoric does not recognize that, then we're going to lose allies in the reform cause. "

"In a movement like Black Lives Matter there are always going to be folks who say things that are stupid or imprudent or over generalized or harsh. And I don't think that you can hold well-meaning activists who are doing the right thing, peacefully protesting, responsible for everything that is uttered at a protest site."

"I would just say that everybody who's concerned about the issue of police shootings or racial bias in the criminal justice system, that maintaining a truthful and serious and respectful tone is going to help mobilize American society to bring about real change. And that is our ultimate objective."

POTUS said this week people felt hurt and angry. "Some of this is just venting." But what most in the BLM really want to see is a better relationship with police. And they have allies in police departments like the one in Dallas. "That's part of why it's so tragic that those officers were targeted in Dallas, a place that is because of its transparency and training and openness and engagement has drastically brought down the number of police shootings."

Lastly, POTUS said that just as he hopes those in BLM "maintain a respectful, thoughtful tone," he said he hoped "that police organizations are also respectful of the frustrations that the people in these communities feel. And not just dismiss these protests and these complaints as political correctness or as politics or attacks on police. There are legitimate issues that have been raised. And there is data and evidence to back up the concerns that are being expressed."

"If police organizations and departments acknowledge that there's a problem and that there's an issue, then that too is going to contribute to real solutions."

"It is in the interests of police officers that their communities trust them and that the kind of rancor and suspicion that exists right now is alleviated. I'd like all sides to listen to each other, and that's we'll hopefully be able to accomplish over the course of the next week and the course of the remaining months that I am president."

Mike Memoli
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