Black Lives Matter protests in the US and the world: Live updates

Vice President Mike Pence is attending a roundtable meeting at the White House in Washington on June 15th.
Vice President Mike Pence is attending a roundtable meeting at the White House in Washington on June 15th. Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images

During an interview with an ABC member in Pennsylvania, Vice President Mike Pence refused to say the words “Black life matters”, saying “all life matters”.

“Let me tell George Floyd what’s going on is a tragedy,” said Pence when he asked Philadelphia if he would tell ABC6 directly that Black was important. “And in this nation, especially in June, we congratulate on the establishment of this nation that we all appreciate the ideal of creation and equipping it with inalienable rights by our creator. And so all lives are truly important. “

“Forgive you for pressing this, sir,” ABC6 reporter Brian Taff told Pence. “But I will say that ‘Black life is important’ you did not say these words and there is an important distinction. People say, of course, that all lives are important, but saying their words admits that Black is also important in this country when it is understood that there is a part of our society that does not agree. So why don’t you say these words? “

Pence replied: “Well, I disagree with the fact that American society has a segment that does not agree with the worth and importance of every human life. And this is one of the reasons why we will not stop there, while advancing important reforms in law enforcement, as we seek ways to strengthen and develop our inner city forces. ”

Pence added that the management is “absolutely determined to improve the lives of African Americans” in the development of pre-pandemic and economic “opportunity zones”.

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“And yet one last time, you won’t say the words and we understand you explain,” Taff replied.

Pence was also asked a video of President Donald Trump on Twitter, labeled “manipulated media” by the social network.

“When you watch most of the national news media,” Pence replied, “It seems they’re focusing on what divides us in this country every day. I think the President saw an opportunity with a good sense of humor to challenge the media narrative once again. ”

Previously, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a White House briefing that Trump created a “pretty funny satirical spot” when she tweeted the video.

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