Senate Majority Whip John Thune told CNN he believed President Trump should have a different "tone" when addressing the country during this unrest following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
“I think the country is definitely looking for healing and for calm," he said. "And I think that’s the tone the President needs to project when talking about what’s happening around the country. I think leaders right need to have empathy and humility and respect.”
“I think he needs to strike a tone that fits the level of frustration country's experiencing right now, and I hope in the future, he’ll do that,” Thune said, adding that some of Trump’s tweets are “not helpful.”
Sen. John Cornyn, a member of Senate GOP leadership, said he believed Trump should address the nation "sooner rather than later.”
He said he believed "it’s important” for Trump to offer more of a unifying message in the midst of the deep unrest across the county.
Cornyn sidestepped a question about Trump’s tweet when he said “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” noting the country is divided between pro-Trump and anti-Trump factions.
Asked if he thought the tweet was helpful, Cornyn said, "I didn’t see the tweet.”