PM urged to confront Donald Trump over George Floyd death

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Sir Keir Starmer has urged Boris Johnson to confront Donald Trump over his response to the death of George Floyd and the widespread protests that followed across the US.

Mr Floyd was an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck last week. One of the four officers involved has been charged with third-degree murder.

Speaking at PMQs this afternoon, the Labour leader said: “Can I start by expressing shock and anger at the death of George Floyd. This has shone a light on racism and hatred experienced by many in the US and beyond.

“I’m surprised the Prime Minister hasn’t said anything about this yet but I do hope that next time he speaks to President Trump he will convey to him the UK’s abhorrence about his response to the events.”

Responding, Mr Johnson said: “I think what happened in the United States was appalling, it was inexcusable.

“I perfectly understand people’s right to protest what took place, though obviously I also believe that protect should take place in a lawful and reasonable way.”

The SNP’s Ian Blackford later pressed Mr Johnson on whether he has spoken to the US government on the issue: “At the very least Prime Minister, say it now - black lives matter.”

The PM responded: “Of course black lives matter and I totally understand the anger, the grief that is felt, not just in America but around the world and in our country as well.”

Mr Johnson did not address the question of whether he had made representations to Mr Trump.

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