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US President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the ongoing nationwide protests at the White House in Washington, US, June 1, 2020. In widely circulated video footage, a white officer was seen kneeling on Floyd's neck as Floyd gasped for air and repeatedly groaned, "I can't breathe" before passing out.

Trump called for "equality in policing" during his address, and added that "hopefully George is looking down and seeing this is a great day for our country". "This is a great day for him".

Mr Trump's speech revelled in the drop in out-of-work Americas after unemployment fell to 13.3% in May as businesses reopened following the coronavirus lockdown.

The Labor Department said that USA employers added 2.5 million workers to their payrolls last month.

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Since Floyd's death, which has been ruled a homicide, protesters nationwide have decried police brutality and racial inequality. Protests have broken out across the country in response to the May 25 death of George Floyd .

"It should never have happened", Trump says in his voiceover.

I want to finish by saying to save the economy we passed critical legislation, totaling trillions of dollars, meaning three. It's a great day for everybody.

With the country in upheaval over the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Trump said that an economic rebound was his answer to racial inequality, saying it "is the greatest thing that can happen for race relations".

Mr Trump claimed his administration has done more for African Americans than previous presidents, including lowering the unemployment rate for them.

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"You are something", the president shot back at the reporter.

He said: "George Floyd's last words, "I can't breathe, I can't breathe" echoed all across this nation and quite frankly around the world".

"And the fact he did so on the day black unemployment rose, Hispanic unemployment rose, black youth unemployment skyrocketed tells you everything you need to know about this man and what he cares about".

What do the job figures show?

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Trump said that the real recovery would kick in during 2021, insisting that the U.S. would be able to handle the pandemic going ahead.

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