Trump: It's a great day for George Floyd

US President invokes George Floyd's name as touts the latest jobs report, which exceeded economists' expectations.

Arutz Sheva North America Staff ,

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Friday invoked George Floyd's name as he touted the latest jobs report, which exceeded economists' expectations.

"We all saw what happened last week. We can't let that happen. Hopefully George is looking down and saying this is a great thing that's happening for our country. (It's) a great day for him. It's a great day for everybody," Trump said during a White House Rose Garden event before signing a piece of legislation devoted to small business loan flexibility, according to CNN.

"This is a great, great day in terms of equality," Trump added.

Floyd's death during an arrest has sparked massive protests across the country. Despite the arrests of all four officers involved, protests have continued over issues of systemic racism and police brutality.

Trump's comment about Floyd "looking down" was introduced by unwieldy and unprepared remarks, in which he devoted a significant portion to praising the job law enforcement was doing to quell demonstrators and urging some states to activate the National Guard.

In reference to Floyd, Trump maintained that "equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race, color, gender or creed. They have to receive fair treatment from law enforcement."

Trump did not take questions from reporters on Friday, instead saying, "By the way, what’s happened to our country and what you now see, it’s been happening, is the greatest thing that can happen for race relations. For the African American community, for the Asian American, for the Hispanic American community, for women, for everything. Because our country is so strong. And that's what my plan is. We’re going to have the strongest economy in the world."

The jobs report showed unemployment at 13.3 in May after hitting a post-World War II high of 14.7 percent the previous month. For black workers, the unemployment rate was 16.8 percent, a slight uptick from the 16.7 unemployment rate in April and the highest in more than a decade, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The jobless rate for white workers declined to 12.4 percent last month.

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