“The timing on this, we felt was not good and so we did make the request for him to do it at a different time," Mayor John Antaramian said, adding that the community is "trying to heal."
"It would be better for us to be able to pull together," he said. "But it is what it is.”
President Trump, who has taken a hard stand against racial protests in the country, will visit the Midwestern city on Tuesday.
The Aug. 22 shooting of Jacob Blake in front of three of his children turned Kenosha, a mostly white city south of Milwaukee, into the latest flashpoint in a summer of U.S. demonstrations against police brutality and racism.
Critics accuse Trump, who faces Democratic former vice president Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 presidential election, of seeking to exacerbate violence with incendiary rhetoric, while he has repeatedly called in tweets for "law and order."