Trump speaks to George Floyd’s family, calls on DOJ to expedite probeby Ebony Bowden and Lia Eustachewich
President Trump on Friday said he spoke with members of George Floyd’s family — and called on the Justice Department to expedite its investigation into his death.
“Our nation’s deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the family of George Floyd,” Trump told reporters during a round table discussion with industry executives on reopening the country.
“I understand the hurt, I understand the pain. People have really been through a lot. The family of George is entitled to justice and the people of Minnesota are entitled to safety,” the president said, adding that he asked the DOJ to expedite its probe.
Trump said he spoke with Floyd’s family, calling them “terrific people” but didn’t offer more details.
“The Floyd family, it’s very important to us, it’s very important to me, to make sure that everything is taken care of properly. It’s a horrible, horrible situation,” he said.
Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. His death has sparked mass protests across the country.
The officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with murder and manslaughter Friday.
Trump said he didn’t want the country to “descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos.”