Trump says the jobs report is 'the greatest thing' for race relations, and the economy is his plan to address systemic racism

AP Photo/Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump speaks as he signs the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington.
  • President Donald Trump told a reporter Friday that the economy effectively amounts to his plan to address systemic racism in America.
  • “And by the way, what’s happened to our country, and what you now see – what’s been happening – is the greatest thing that can happen toward race relations, toward the African American community, the Asian American, the Hispanic American community, for women, for everything.”
  • Yamiche Alcindor of PBS NewsHour then followed up to ask “What’s your plan?” to address racism a second time.
  • “Because we’re so strong, and that’s what my plan is,” Trump replied. “We’re going to have the strongest economy in the world.”
  • Another reporter asked “How would a better economy have helped George Floyd?”
  • Trump never answered.
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In a bizarre exchange with reporters Friday morning, President Donald Trump said being “so strong” and having “the strongest economy in the world” is his plan to address systemic racism.

Trump was in the Rose Garden to address the new jobs report, which saw the overall unemployment rate fall to 13.3% for May, but showed little improvement for African Americans.

In addition to those numbers, along with the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and systemic racism, African Americans have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Yet for Trump, the economy should be enough.

“And by the way, what’s happened to our country, and what you now see – what’s been happening – is the greatest thing that can happen toward race relations, toward the African American community, the Asian American, the Hispanic American community, for women, for everything,” Trump said when asked about his plan to address systemic racism.

PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor followed up from the press gallery as Trump sat down to sign the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act.

“What’s your plan?” Alcindor asked.

“Because we’re so strong, and that’s what my plan is,” Trump replied. “We’re going to have the strongest economy in the world.”

Another reporter chimed in “Sir, just to follow up, how would a better economy have protected George Floyd?”

Alcindor added: “Black unemployment went up by 0.1%, Asian American unemployment went up by 0.5%, how is that a victory?”

“You are something,” Trump replied to her, refusing to answer either question.

After Vice President Mike Pence and other cabinet officials spoke, Trump left the Rose Garden without taking any further questions from reporters.

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