Trump evokes George Floyd after hailing strong jobs report

Marco Green
June 6, 2020

Floyd was killed in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis after an officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes, while he pleaded "I can't breathe".

Separate autopsies conducted by the Hennepin County Medical examiner and a team hired by Floyd's family each found that he died from asphyxiation.

Now, though, Trump said states and cities should be lifting remaining restrictions. "We can't let that happen", Trump said of Floyd, who was killed as a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. "He was a gentle, peaceful person", Williams said. He called the president's insinuation that Floyd would have appreciated the national debate over racism and police brutality kicked off by his death.

The mood has gone from explosive anger over racial injustice and excessive force by law enforcement to conversations about what it will take to turn things around.

Video from the scene shows a man bleeding on the street as people plead for help.

All 57 members of a police tactical unit quit the unit to protest their treatment, local media said Friday.

He then pivoted to a discussion of the importance of equality in policing, and it was in this context that he mentioned Floyd, an African American man whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police last week set off a wave of riots across the country.

While Trump did accurately tout these numbers, he also made his usual assortment of lies and exaggerations - delivering a rambling Rose Garden monologue in which he misled Americans about a variety of subjects on which he has been regularly dishonest. The nighttime protests were largely peaceful.

The White House called such an interpretation "false".

However while these figures sound encouraging, the U.S. unemployment rate remains higher than at any point during the financial crisis of the late 2000s. "Determination to make America the land it ought to be".

President Trump touched on the issue this week and reassured he's going to take care of law enforcement. She says their differences highlight the need for be a state and have more control over its internal affairs.

The rest of his speech was devoted to welcoming the good news on the economy, which Trump said was now in "rocket" mode.

Baker later deleted the tweet after being called out by critics, claiming "there's some question" regarding what Trump was referring to.

The president said Floyd might be pleased by the jobs report.

"Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that's happening for our country", Trump said in an apparent reference to unspecified improvements in equality under the law.

Joe Biden, Trump's presumptive Democratic opponent in the November election, immediately lashed out at Mr Trump for invoking Floyd's name, calling it "despicable".

"George Floyd's last words, 'I can't breathe, ' have echoed across our nation and around the world", Biden tweeted.

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