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President Donald Trump called George Floyd’s death ‘a grave tragedy’

"It has filled Americans all over the country with horror, anger, and grief."

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with industry executives on the reopening of the U.S. economy. Trump also answered questions on developments in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd. Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

President Donald Trump called the death of George Floyd “a grave tragedy.”

“It should never have happened,” Trump said Saturday, five days after Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. “It has filled Americans all over the country with horror, anger, and grief.”

Trump said he spoke to Floyd’s family and expressed the sorrow of the nation for the family’s loss. He said he stands before the public as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace.

“Healing not hatred, justice not chaos, are the mission at hand,” Trump said in a video shared by ABC News.

A round of applause followed, but Floyd’s brother, Philonise, wasn’t thrilled with his conversation with Trump.


“It was so fast,” Philonise told the Rev. Al Sharpton in an interview on MSNBC Saturday. “He didn’t give me the opportunity to even speak. It was hard. I was trying to talk to him but he just kept pushing me off like ‘I don’t want to hear what you’re talking about.'”


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