Donald Trump has suggested George Floyd will be pleased about US job numbers, saying the man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck “is hopefully looking down, saying this is a great thing”.
The president made the remark during an address about figures that showed unemployment had fallen.
“Hopefully George is looking down and seeing this is a great thing that’s happening for our country,” he said.
“It’s a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody. This is a great day in terms of equality.”
Mr Trump was speaking from the Rose Garden at the White House hours after the Labor Department said that US employers had added 2.5 million workers to their payrolls last month.
Economists had been expecting them instead to slash another 8 million jobs amid the ongoing fallout from the response to coronavirus.
“This shows that what we’ve been doing is right,” Mr Trump said of the jobs numbers.
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“This is outstanding what’s happened today.”
He said the apparently improving economy was “the greatest thing that can happen for race relations” and the African American community.