White House officials confirmed on Saturday that Donald Trump will travel to the embattled city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, to meet with law enforcement officials and survey the damage caused by nearly a full week of riots.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere told reporters that Trump plans to make the trek on Tuesday.
Riots erupted in the small city on the border of Wisconsin and Illinois last Sunday after Jacob Blake was shot by police officers as they attempted to arrest him.
The violence escalated on Tuesday night when 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly shot two protesters in which Rittenhouse’s lawyers have described as an act of self-defense.
President Trump acted quickly sending federal law enforcement officers to the city to help quell the violence on Wednesday, and as of Friday morning, the ongoing demonstrations have been largely peaceful.
Trump has confirmed that he is aware of Rittenhouse’s actions and that he is also “looking into” the shooting of Blake, who is reportedly now paralyzed and recovering from his injuries in an area hospital.