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Complete text of Obama statement on Trayvon Martin verdict

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the death of Trevyon Martin at the beginning of the daily White House briefing in the Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Text of President Barack Obama’s statement Friday following the acquittal last weekend of George Zimmerman by a Florida jury in the February 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, as transcribed by Federal News Service. ___ Well, I – I wanted to come out here first of all to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your questions and is – is very much looking forward to the session. Second thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple of weeks there are going to obviously be a whole range of issues – immigration, economics, et cetera – we’ll try to arrange a fuller press conference to address your questions. The reason I actually wanted to come out today is not to take questions but to speak to an issue that obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week, the issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling. I gave an – a preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday, but watching the debate over the course of the last week, I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit.