In an interview on 'Fox & Friends' Monday morning, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump responded to statements from the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association Steve Loomis that the president has "blood on his hands" in the wake of police assassinations in Dallas and Baton Rouge this month.
"Well it is true," Trump said about Loomis's comments. "I watched the president, and sometimes the words are okay, but you just look at the body language."
"There is something going on."
"Just bad feelings. There’s just a bad feeling about him.”
"It would be wonderful if people could turn him in," Trump also said about the man who killed three police officers Sunday in Baton Rouge, LA. "I looked at some his videos, they were vicious and hateful."
"And people knew [he was up to something], they have an idea in some cases," he continued, echoing statements he made in the wake of the terror attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando. "If we had real experts that, when they turn them in they could nab him at some point, they could see before it would explode. But it is not an easy situation."
"What do you think about the president's tone yesterday?" asked host Brian Kilmeade about the president's statement about the Baton Rouge attacks.
"I think we need strength. We also need someone who can be a cheerleader," Trump said about the president. "I think he has been a great divider in this country. Relations now are as bad as they have ever been."
"We have somebody who really was in a position to do the opposite, but there is a tremendous divide in this country."
Transcript, via FOX News:
BRIAN KILMEADE, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: I mean, it's terrible. We're (inaudible) the facts. What do you think of the President's tone yesterday?
TRUMP (via telephone): I think we need strength. I think we also need somebody that can be a cheerleader. He's been a great divider in this country. I think race relations now are as bad as they've ever been. I guess they have, statistically, the worst they've been in 18 years. I don't know what 18 years means, how do they determine that, but I can tell you they're bad and they haven't been this bad in a long time. And we have somebody that really was in a position to do just the opposite, but this tremendous divide in this country. I see it, everybody sees it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Trump, we had on earlier -- Brian had a great interview with a fellow by the name of Steve Loomis, he's the head of Cleveland Detectives, and he ripped our president. He essentially said, the president has blood on his hands. He has said in interviews, his divisive rhetoric partially to blame because he's validated the anti-cop narrative, Black Lives Matter, and certain members of the mainstream media, and then he asked the question, how the hell did we, the cops, ever become the bad guys in this country?
TRUMP (via telephone): Well, it's true. I mean, you know, I watched the President and sometimes the words are OK but you just look at the body language, there's something going on. Look, there's something going on, and the words are not often OK, by the way.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What does that mean, there's something going on?
TRUMP (via telephone): There's just a bad feeling, a lot of bad feeling about him. I see it too. There's a lot of bad feeling about him. We have a country that has not been like this since I can remember it.
KILMEADE: You know, the President at a forum a week ago, Newt Gingrich came out last Sunday, a guy you respect a lot, and almost was your vice president runner-up, maybe runner-up to being vice president, he came out and said, listen, the African-American community has a different experience than whites when it comes to law enforcement in this country, and you had another guy you respect a lot, Senator Tim Scott came out, and said he's been stopped seven times, and people don't know who he is, but he's a senator from South Carolina, and he believes that he was stopped perhaps because he was black. Is there something on the other side that needs to be addressed too?
TRUMP (via telephone): Well it's probably something that we really don't know and maybe we can't feel it unless we're black. It is a -- definitely something going on there also, and that has to do with training and it has to do with something. But there is something going on that maybe, Brian, we can't recognize it or we can't see it unless you're black, and it's an experience. There's no question about that.