Donald Trump released a video statement Friday in the aftermath of the Dallas shooting, calling for police and citizens to "work together" and saying that the recent police-involved shooting deaths of two black men, which sparked outrage, show "how much work we have to do."
"The deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota also make clear how much work we have to do to make every American feel that their safety is protected," he said.
Last night’s horrific execution-style shootings of 12 Dallas law enforcement officers – five of whom were killed and seven wounded - is an attack on our country. It is a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.
We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street.
The senseless, tragic deaths of two people in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done.
This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day.
Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children.
This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.