The press will not be allowed to document the meeting between President Joe Biden and the family of George Floyd that is scheduled for Tuesday of this week, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday.
The meeting is scheduled on the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death at the hands of several Minneapolis police officers. One of the officers, Derek Chauvin, was found guilty on three counts related to Floyd’s death.
“This is going to be a private meeting. And we certainly will also put out a statement from the president marking the anniversary a day that certainly impacted him personally and impacted millions of Americans, but he wanted this meeting to be private in order to have a real conversation and preserve that with the family,” Psaki said told reporters at the press briefing at the White House on Monday.
She noted that the president “has a genuine relationship with them, and the courage and grace of this family, and especially his daughter Gianna, has really stuck with the president.”
Gianna Floyd and roughly a dozen members of the Floyd family will attend the meeting with Biden, the press secretary confirmed.
Biden had set Tuesday as a soft deadline for Congress to advance police reform legislation, and Psaki added later in the briefing that the bipartisan group of lawmakers, including California Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, and South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott, “are making progress, and they’re encouraged by the tone and tenor of those conversations.”
More political pandering from the president, an appeal to the base that is designed to help them come election time next year. Wouldn’t want to lose control of both houses of Congress and the White House would we?
It’s tragic that George Floyd died. That’s not up for debate. However, the left has made him a martyr and used him for their own political purposes, which is something that should upset his family, but at this point, it doesn’t seem like it does.