DONALD TRUMP says that the US police force does not have a problem with systemic racism.
He admitted that while there may be some "bad apples" who bring down the reputation of the police force, they aren't a true reflection of the American police as a whole, which he described as "incredible".
In a press briefing on Tuesday during his visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, Trump was asked if he believed the issues with racism within the US police forced were systemic.
"I don't believe that. No, I don't believe that," he said.
"I think the police do an incredible job, and I think you do have some bad apples. I think you'd agree, every once in a while you'll see something.
"And you do have the other situation too, where they [the police] are under this tremendous pressure, and they don't handle it well.
"They call it choking, and it happens."
The President was visiting the city where protests about the shooting of black man Jacob Blake have turned into riots.
This week Trump defended the teenager who is alleged to have gunned down two Black Lives Matter protesters in the city, stressing that the youngster "would have been killed" had he not opened fire on the demonstrators.
"We've seen tremendous violence and we will put it out very quickly," Trump added.
"I keep hearing about peaceful protests and then I come to a place like this [Kenosha] and the town is burned down.