President Trump holds roundtable meeting with black Americans, following George Floyd's death

The president touted his administration's record during the meeting

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June 10, 2020 - 8:55pm

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President Trump held a White House meeting Wednesday with leaders of the black community to discuss such issues as race relations, economic prosperity and police reform, following the death of George Floyd.

The roundtable meeting comes at a critical time in Trump's reelection bid – trailing in most polls to challenger Joe Biden, a Democrat popular among black voters, and amid criticism for how he's handled the nationwide protests following Floyd's May 25 death after a police arrest in Minneapolis.

"When you look at the economics, when you look at how well the black community's been doing under this administration, nobody's done anything like we've done," said Trump, as congressional lawmakers draft and unveil police reform legislation ahead of a White House plan purportedly due out in the coming days. 

Some of the people in attendance on Wednesday included Wayne Dupree, a conservative who hosts the eponymously titled "Wayne Dupree Show" and Pastor Darrell Scott, the chairman of Urban Revitalization Coalition Inc.

Dupree described President Trump as a "natural leader" and said that he had "supported him ever since he decided to run for president."

"I'm glad that he has changed things here in D.C.," Dupree said.

The topics of race and safety emerged as key vote issues following Floyd's death.

Trump has in recent days touted his administration's record on issues such as criminal justice reform, opportunity zones and economic conditions for black Americans. 

"In 3 1/2 years, I’ve done much more for our black population than Joe Biden has done in 43 years. Actually, he set them back big time with his Crime Bill, which he doesn’t even remember," he tweeted last week. "I’ve done more for Black Americans, in fact, than any President in U.S. history, with the possible exception of another Republican President, the late, great, Abraham Lincoln."

 

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