Was Trump skirting questions on Breonna Taylor? Internet slams POTUS as he left meet for 'emergency phone call'

As Trump was preparing to leave the podium during WH press briefing, a reporter asked loudly about the Kentucky grand jury’s decision of not to charge the police officers involved in Taylor's killing

                            Was Trump skirting questions on Breonna Taylor? Internet slams POTUS as he left meet for 'emergency phone call'
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Did President Donald Trump evade questions on Breonna Taylor's killing? It certainly made the Internet ask so after he abruptly exited his White House press conference on Wednesday, September 23, claiming he had an “emergency phone call" to attend to. “I have to leave for an emergency phone call...I’ll be back. I will see you tomorrow,” he said after briefly answering a question about his administration’s work on a coronavirus vaccine. As the POTUS was preparing to leave the podium, a reporter asked loudly about a Kentucky grand jury’s decision on not to charge the police officers involved in the killing of Taylor.

“People protesting in the streets — what is your message to them?” the reporter asked. “People feel like we are on this carousel where another black life is being taken.” By this time, Trump had almost left the podium and WH press secretary Kayleigh McEnany quickly approached the conference as reported by The Independent. McEnany then introduced White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas and director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow. She said, “I encourage you all to be respectful and show a little bit of decorum here."

Earlier in the press briefing, Trump had praised Kentucky’s Republican attorney general Daniel Cameron too who presented his findings to a grand jury before the jury came to a decision. “He’s handling it very well,” Trump said. In a different press briefing, Trump answered some questions on Taylor's case. In that meet, a reporter asked, “Mr President, do you believe that justice was served in the Breonna Taylor case in Kentucky? And what is your message to the Black community who believe that perhaps justice was not served by the decision that was rendered by the grand jury in Kentucky.”

To this, Trump said, “Well, my message is that I love the Black community, and I’ve done more for the Black community than any other President, and I say with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, and I mean that. With Opportunity Zones and with criminal justice reform, with prison reform, with what we’ve done for historically black universities, colleges, schools — what we’ve done, it’s — nobody has done more. Abraham Lincoln, let’s give him the nod. But beyond that, nobody has done more. I love the black community.” He added, “I don’t know enough about it. I heard a decision was just made. We’ve been together here, and so we haven’t discussed it. But after I see what the decision is, I will have a comment on it. Okay?”

However, Trump's Wednesday press meet that irked the Internet does not clearly show if he left before being asked on Taylor’s case or after listening to the reporter's question. Anyhow, people lashed out at him for being "ignorant" about Taylor's death in the high-profile shooting case that has caused nationwide protests. On the other front, many said Trump already answered questions on Taylor's case earlier. A user wrote, “Wow. Trump says he has to take "an emergency phone call" and walks away while ignoring a reporter's shouted question about what his message is to people who are upset over Breonna Taylor's killing.” Another user called out Trump's discriminatory behavior. “When his supporter was shot, Trump demanded ‘retribution’ but for Breonna Taylor he doesn’t even want justice.”





Another concurred, “Do something useful. Get off Twitter. Call an emergency press briefing. Tell the nation you feel their pain over Breonna Taylor. An innocent woman was shot in her own home. You won't. You should call for calm. That's what any good leader does. Which is why you'll never be one.” However, some supported Trump and wrote, “For the clowns on Twitter reacting to Trump's "emergency phone call".. First of all Trump said he had to leave BEFORE that w**ch started screaming her Breonna Taylor question. AND he already answered a question about the Breonna Taylor case earlier in the press conference.”




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