President Trump called up George Floyd during his White House press appearance to celebrate new job numbers on Friday.
In one of the few sections of his speech that appears to have come from prepared notes, Trump said, “Equal justice must by law mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race, color, gender, or creed. They should receive Fair treatment from law enforcement. They should get it. “
We all saw what happened last week. We cannot let that happen. I hope George looks down and says that this is a great thing happening to our country. (It is) a great day for him. It is a great day for everyone. This is a great day, in terms of equality.
He concluded by saying: “This is what our constitution requires and what our country is about.”
Prior to his comments on Floyd and equal justice under the law, Trump’s comments on the ongoing demonstrations in the wake of Floyd’s death mostly focused on praising law enforcement for cracking down on protesters and urging some countries to allow the National Guard entry.
“Call me, we’ll be ready for them very quickly for their heads to turn,” he said, referring to the success in Minneapolis, criticizing the city’s mayor.