On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked why the President has not yet visited Waukesha, after 39-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr. plowed through a crowd of innocent people attending a Christmas parade there, murdering six people, including an 8-year-old boy and wounding dozens more.
"As you saw the president convey last week, our hearts go out to this community, to the people in Waukesha that we've been in touch with, obviously, with officials there," Psaki stated. "We're all watching as people are recovering, and this is such a difficult time of year for this to happen--it's difficult any time."
However, Psaki said that "any President going to visit a community requires a lot of assets" and requires "taking their resources."
"It's not something that I have a trip to preview at this point in time," Psaki stated. "But we remain in touch with local officials and certainly our hearts are with the community as they've gone through such a difficult time."
Biden flew to North Carolina to celebrate a "Friendsgiving" with U.S. troops and then jetted to Nantucket for six days to celebrate Thanksgiving with his extended family in the wake of the disaster.
Brooks had an extensive criminal history dating back to 1999, including many felonies. A convicted sex offender, Brooks posted bail twice in Wisconsin this year, having an active warrant for jumping bail on a sex crime charge in Nevada.
Earlier this month, Milwaukee prosecutors asked only $1,000 bail for Brooks after being arrested and charged for supposedly punching his girlfriend in the face and then running her over with his car in a gas station parking lot. Prosecutors now admit that bail was "inappropriately low."
Brooks' criminal history varies from many firearms and battery convictions to strangulation, to sex offenses and drug charges on a 50-page rap sheet that spans three states.
Cash bail policies have come into the spotlight after the incident, with the White House keeping its position to end cash bail – stating the choice to hold defendants should be based on the threat they pose to society, not their ability to pay bail.
"Ending cash bail will not automatically put people charged with crimes on the streets," a White House official told Fox News. "It just means that whether you get bail should be based on the threat you pose, and not how much money you have in your bank account."
"There shouldn't be a separate criminal justice system for wealthy Americans," the official continued.
"Ultimately though, this was a decision made by local courts," the official announced, referring to Milwaukee county prosecutors releasing Brooks on bail.