President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he spoke to the family of George Floyd, a black Minnesota man who died on Monday while in police custody whose death sparked unrest throughout the US.
The president said that he conveyed his sympathy to the family. Trump did not say when the conversation took place.
"I just expressed my sorrow. That was a horrible thing to witness. That was just a horrible thing to witness and to watch. It certainly looked like there was no excuse for it," Trump said.
Trump told reporters that the family was grieving.
Trump spoke out late Thursday about the unrest, which started to turn violence in several US cities. Trump’s comments were censored by Twitter early Friday for allegedly inciting violence. Trump's tweet included a controversial line "when the the looting starts, the shooting starts."
But Trump conceded that, “Certainly there were a lot of different people and there were good people too," Trump said of the protests. "They were protesting for the right reason."
When asked if he changed his mind about criticizing NFL players for peacefully protesting police brutality, Trump wouldn’t directly answer, but said he hopes protests can be peaceful.