Speaking to reporters at the White House today, press secretary Jen Psaki answered questions as to President Joe Biden's remarks as to his hope that the jury returns "the right verdict," and essentially tried to walk them back.
Reporters weren't convinced, as Psaki intoned the "exhaustion" being experienced in "communities of color."
"Well first I would say regardless of the outcome the president has consistently called for peace," she said, noting that the administration has been working with municipalities to provide "space for peaceful protest."
As regards the president's comments and their impact on the verdict, Psaki noted that the jury is sequestered. She said she expects he "will weigh in further once there is a verdict."
Kristen Welker of NBC asked how it could be "appropriate for him to be weighing in on the verdict."
Psaki said "he wasn't weighing in on the verdict."
He did call for the right verdict though, Welker said, asking why it's appropriate for the president to say anything at all before the jury has had their say, especially given the importance of the independent judiciary. Welker also asked about Maxine Water's comments over the weekend, when she called for an increase in protest.
Psaki intoned the family's having experienced loss, the "exhaustion" in communities of color, and the issues regarding policing in the country. She said that Biden is concerned about racial issues in the country, believing that racism is one of the "four major crises" the nation is facing.