WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump could take race and police policies through an executive order, his spokeswoman told Fox News in an interview on Wednesday as lawmakers in Congress continue their proposals.
“We believe that we will have proactive policies, be it legislation or an enforceable title,” said White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany. She declined to give details, saying that the Republican president was still weighing several options.
The potential for executive action comes as both Democrats and Republicans in Congress move forward with proposals aimed at tackling police reform amid massive protests caused by the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died last month while in custody.
House Democrats unveiled a sweeping bill on Monday that would ban chokeholds, require body cameras for federal law enforcement officers and, among other things, limit the use of lethal force, while Senate Republicans said on Tuesday they were working on their own proposal.
Ken Cuccinelli, deputy secretary of Homeland Security, declined to give details of the action Trump is considering.
“You will see a mix of legislative proposals that we can implement on two parties, just like the President did in criminal justice reform, and executive actions that he can take himself,” Cuccinelli told Fox Business Network.
Trump signed bipartisan legislation in 2018 that changed the criminal requirements and treatment of federal prisoners.