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President Obama: "America is not as divided as it seems."

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America is "not as divided as some have suggested," President Barack Obama said Saturday, after a "painful" week of police shootings of black men across the nation and an ambush on the Dallas Police Department.

"Americans of all races and all backgrounds are rightly outraged by the inexcusable attacks on police, whether it's in Dallas or anywhere else.

That includes protesters, it includes family members who have grave concerns about police conduct," Obama said from Warsaw, Poland, where he was speaking after a NATO summit.

In his first comprehensive remarks on the back-to-back fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Pilando Castile in Minnesota -- followed by a sniper attack in Dallas by an Army veteran who authorities say "wanted to kill white people" — Obama sought to reassure Americans.

"There is sorrow, there is anger, there is confusion about next steps. But there's unity in recognizing that this is not how we want our communities to operate. This is not who we want to be as Americans," he said ahead of a planned trip to Dallas early next week.

He called Dallas shooter Micah Xavier Johnson a "demented individual" and said it was hard to untangle his motives for killing five officers and wounding seven others.

But, he added, "in no way does that represent what the overwhelming majority of Americans think. Americans to a large degree want to make sure that we have a police force that is supported, because they know our police officers do a really tough, dangerous job."

No mass shooter speaks for any minority or group of Americans, Obama said, citing the torrent of violent shootings from the past year that have left dozens dead.

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