'I understand the hurt and pain': Trump backtracks on his tweets

WION Web Team
Minneapolis Published: May 30, 2020, 08.17 AM(IST)

US President Donald Trump participates in a Cabinet meeting Photograph:( Reuters )

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Trump blamed both sides for the violence that erupted out of the protests, and said he will not let the country burn this way.

A day after tweeting 'looting leads to shooting', US President Donald Trump is walking back a threat to respond to the critical and violent riots that have occurred during the protests in Minneapolis.

The protests were against the killing of an unarmed black man by the Minneapolis Police Department.

 Trump, on May 29, tweeted that the "thugs" were dishonouring the victim.

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However, Twitter flagged the tweet as an encouragement of violence.

Twitter flagged Trump's tweet

After this warning from the Twitter, and a lot of criticism from Twitterati and other locals, he said he understands the reason behind the protest and feels the pain, but will not allow this to turn into a lawless anarchy.

"The looters should not be allowed to drown out the voices of so many peaceful protesters," Mr Trump said.

"I understand the hurt, I understand the pain," he added.

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Trump blamed both sides for the violence that erupted out of the protests, and said he will not let the country burn this way.

"This is no time for incendiary tweets. It's no time to encourage violence. This is a national crisis and we need real leadership right now. Leadership that will bring everyone to the table so that we can take measures to root out systemic racism," said former vice-president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

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