“We previously scheduled our #MAGA rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma for June 19 – a big deal,” Trump tweeted. “Unfortunately, however, this would fall on June 19. Many of my African-American friends and supporters have tried to suggest that we consider changing the date in honor of this holiday and appreciating this important occasion and all that it represents. So I decided to move our gathering to Saturday, June 20, to meet their demands. “
Earlier on Friday, Trump denied in an interview with Fox News that the rally was deliberately scheduled for that date in Tulsa, and instead said it should be considered a “celebration.”
“It’s an interesting date. It wasn’t done because of that, but it’s an interesting date,” he said.
Floyd’s death in police custody has revived discussions of race in America, although Trump has not given a speech on race and has largely refused to acknowledge concerns expressed by protesters.
This story has been updated with additional information.
CNN’s Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.
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