"Hopefully, George is looking down and saying this is a great thing that's happening for our country", Trump said.
"The death of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis was a grave tragedy".
Demonstrators protest, Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis.
President Trump, touting May's lower-than-expected unemployment rate Friday, said a strong economy was the "greatest thing that could happen for race relations". "It's really what our Constitution requires and its what our country is all about".
The accompanying Team Trump tweet said: "We are working toward a more just society, but that means building up, not tearing down".
"I'm telling you next year, unless something happens or the wrong people get in here, this will turn around", Trump said.
In response, the president signed an executive order aimed at limiting social media companies' immunity from lawsuits arising out of third-party content on their platforms and said Twitter had a bias against conservative content creators on its platform.
"Toward the end of his remarks, President Trump said that he hopes that, 'George Floyd is looking down and seeing this is a great day for our country, ' " presumptive-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said during a press conference after Donald's remarks. He was not "imagining George Floyd's reaction to the jobs numbers". This is a great, great day in terms of quality.
Perhaps the most important paragraph in today's jobs report was this one: "The number of unemployed persons who were on temporary layoff decreased by 2.7 million in May to 15.3 million, following a sharp increase of 16.2 million in April".
"For the President to try to put any other words in his mouth is frankly despicable".
And no, Trump certainly hasn't done more for black Americans than any other person in the country's history.
During his news conference, Trump also lauded the latest job figures, which showed the economy gained 2.5 million jobs in May while the national unemployment rate, which had spiked because of the pandemic, unexpectedly fell to 13.3 percent. White unemployment dropped almost two points to 12.4 percent in May, while Hispanic unemployment fell 1.2 percent, from 18.9 to 17.6 percent.
Biden's speech to a small group of guests at Delaware State University came as he has in recent days both upped his public appearances to respond to Floyd's killing and his attacks on Trump.