Transcript for President Trump shifts focus to economy
discipline as if they had committed the act themselves. Outside the white house, president trump today while celebrating an unexpected slight improvement in the jobs picture, he brought up George Floyd. His words drew criticism. Unemployment fell to 13.3%. The economy adding back 2.5 million jobs. That is a positive note. The president said the news made it a good day for George Floyd. Jonathan Karl, our chief white house correspondent tonight. Reporter: The painting began before dawn. By the time the sun rose, the message reached to Lafayette park in front of the white house. Black lives matter. This as the mayor of Washington named the area black lives matter plaza, a reaction to the forcible removable of peaceful protestors to make way for the president's photo-op on Monday. At the white house, the president focused on something else -- the surprisingly promising economic news. Unemployment, expected to go up, actually went down, as some 2.5 million jobs were added during the month of may. What we're announcing today is a tremendous tribute to equality. We're bringing our jobs back. Reporter: But today's good news on jobs did not extend to African-Americans. Their unemployment numbers actually went up slightly. Still, the president bizarrely said this was a great day for George Floyd. Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that's happening for our country. This is a great day for him. It's a great day for everybody. Reporter: In his rambling 50-minute speech, the president did briefly talk about equal justice. Equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race, color, gender, or creed. They have to receive fair treatment. Reporter: But as he paused to sign a bill, he refused to answer questions. Mr. President, why don't you lay out a plan for systemic racism. I'd like to sign this bill. This is a very different thing. What's your plan? Because our country is so strong, and that's what my plan is. We're going to have the strongest economy in the world. Reporter: And when it was all over , he again refused to answer questions. Why won't you answer questions, sir? How can it be a great day for George Floyd. How is this a great day for equality? Reporter: Joe Biden called the president's words despicable. George Floyd's last words -- I can't breathe, I can't breathe -- have echoed all across this nation and quite frankly around the world. For the president to try to put any other words in the mouth of George Floyd, I frankly think is despicable. Jonathan Karl with us from the white house. There's been another development. Several retired military leaders have been harshly critical of the president, including general Mattis, which made big news. Today, news there were scathing words from his former chief of staff as well, John Kelly. Former chief of staff John Kelly said he agreed entirely with Jim Mattis, that the president represents a threat to the constitution. He went further. Said, I think we need to look harder what who we elect. Their ethics. Are they willing to represent all their constituents, not just their base. Jonathan Karl with us all week long. Thank you.
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