Joe Biden’s campaign said in a statement Monday that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee does not support defunding police, but is pushing for police reform and more spending on community, school, health and social programs.

The statement rejects claims from President Trump’s re-election campaign that the former vice president would undercut the ability of police departments to do their jobs by endorsing the “defund the police” message, which has been at the heart of activist demands over the past several weeks of protests.

“As his criminal justice proposal made clear months ago, Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded,” Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said in a statement. “He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain.”

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