(July 21, 2021)
THE PRESIDENT: We answered enough questions today. The only reason I’m stopping: I feel badly you’re here this hour of the night.
Q Mr. President, can you clarify what you said about no — that there’s no — no one in the Democratic Party is anti-police?
THE PRESIDENT: I didn’t say that.
Q I know that you said you don’t want to defund the police —
THE PRESIDENT: I said that that — that is not the Democratic Party’s position.
THE PRESIDENT: I’m the Democratic Party; I am President. So is the Speaker of the House and so is the –- the Majority Leader. We are not the defunding the police.
Q Okay. And are there people who — in the Democratic Party, who want to defund the police?
THE PRESIDENT: Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?