President Trump widely condemned over handling of US protests – BBC News


President Trump is facing widespread condemnation for his handling of the unrest in dozens of American cities.

It follows the killing of George Floyd, an African-American man who died last week in Minneapolis while being detained by police. His death has now been declared a homicide following an official post-mortem.

There’s been more violence and looting in some US cities prompting Mr Trump to say he would send in the military. The president’s Democratic rival for the White House, Joe Biden, accused Mr Trump of using racist language and failing in his presidential duty to unite the nation.

The film director Spike Lee, in an interview with the BBC, described President Trump as a gangster who was inflaming racial divisions that had existed since the foundation of the United States and its history of slavery.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Aleem Maqbool at the White House, Barbara Plett Usher in Minneapolis, Arts Editor Will Gompertz speaking to Spike Lee, and North America Editor Jon Sopel.

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