The White House says it is in touch with local authorities, governors, and mayors regarding the verdict, likely this week, in the Derek Chauvin murder trial.
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Speaking to reporters at the White House briefing Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki said she didn’t want to get ahead of the outcome, but the administration is encouraging peaceful protests.
“No matter what the outcome, there is space for peaceful protest, but of course we will let the jury deliberate…before we say more,” Psaki said.
The White House also issued a warning to Russia regarding the health of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in the third week of a hunger strike while behind bars.
The politician’s doctor said he could be near death.
“What happens to Mr. Navalny in the custody of the Russian government is the responsibility of the Russian government,” Psaki said. “They will be held accountable by the international community.”
The press secretary also sought to clarify the administration’s position on the refugee ban instated during the Trump administration, after confusion over White House statements on Friday.
Psaki said the White House is making an effort to reverse the Trump policy and the announcement last week was “always meant to be just the beginning.”
Psaki said the administration will likely set an increased refugee cap next month.