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THE PRESIDENT: I’m going up to a viewing of a female who worked with me in a senior place from the time I ran for the county council who passed absent. Her title was Norma Long. Which is why I’m heading residence. I’m heading back again — back again tonight. And so I just wished to permit you know what I’m accomplishing.
Q Sir, how was your meeting with the Floyd family members?
THE PRESIDENT: The Floyd household meeting went exceptionally very well. We used a very long time collectively. I put in — I acquired a probability to shell out a lot of time with Gianna and the family members. And we just talked about — you know, it’s the just one-calendar year anniversary, and all those of you who’ve been through personalized reduction know that despite the fact that each and every anniversary is — you’re content men and women bear in mind, it also provides everything again instantly like it happened that day. It normally takes a good deal of braveness to go through it.
And they’ve been superb. And I’ve spoken with the negotiators. I’m hopeful that sometime following Memorial Day, we’ll have an settlement on the — on the George Floyd laws. And so, I’m optimistic.
And I consider they spoke to you. Possibly they didn’t discuss to you they spoke to some of you. I consider they were really pleased with the time we spent alongside one another. It was largely private. We spent a prolonged time — I guess, practically a couple of hours.
Q And how was the time with Gianna for you? What did you (inaudible)?
THE PRESIDENT: 1st detail she did when she ran in was throw her arms close to me — gave me a big hug and required to sit in my lap. And we invested — she also liked the concept that — she stated, “I’m genuinely hungry.” And so she — she reported, “Do you have any snacks?”
Q What did you give her?
THE PRESIDENT: Nicely, we gave her — my spouse would get rid of me. We gave her some ice product. She had some Cheetos. And I consider she had a chocolate milk. I’m not absolutely sure what the third 1 was.
But they were being in and out. I confirmed them all — and we spent time — I invested time showing them all around not just the Oval, but about the White Home. And they were being fascinated and — I gave them all — I gave them all minor mementos, particularly her. I had a excellent image of Gianna when I went down for the funeral — or for the eve of the funeral, and I gave her that.
Q Why have you resolved to meet up with with President Putin? And why are you allowing Germany and Russia to establish — to carry on making Nord Stream 2?
THE PRESIDENT: Simply because it’s virtually wholly completed, quantity one. The thought that anything that — and it’s not like I can make it possible for Germany to do a little something they’re not.
I have been opposed to Nord Stream 2 from the beginning, but it only has — it is pretty much finished by the time I took office. And to go forward and impose sanctions now, I imagine, would be counterproductive now in phrases of our European relations. And they know how strongly I come to feel. And I hope we can perform on how they deal with it from this point on.
Q Have you viewed as canceling the summit for the reason that of what occurred in Belarus? Have you at any time regarded as cancelling the summit with Mr. Putin due to the fact of what just transpired —
THE PRESIDENT: No, no, no. I — Putin had indicated he desired to fulfill with me nicely above a month ago. I’ve spoken with him a amount of times. We’re likely to be obtaining a assembly in Switzerland not also extensive from now.
Q What are you wondering about in conditions of sanctions on Belarus?
THE PRESIDENT: Properly, that’s in participate in. I really don’t want to speculate till we get it performed.
Q Mr. President, (inaudible) conclusion qualified immunity? That’s one of the hold-ups in negotiations.
THE PRESIDENT: The negotiations are taking area now. In scenario you haven’t figured me out by now, I in no way negotiate in public like other folks do. That’s why I’m comparatively thriving in getting factors accomplished. And so I will explain to you when that occurs.
Thank you so much.
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