Donald Trump says 'more white people' are killed by cops than black people in US

Donald Trump says 'more white people' are killed by cops than black people in US

DONALD TRUMP sensationally responded to a question about black people dying at the hands of police in the US by insisting that "more white people" are actually being killed.

The President was speaking to CBS' Catherine Herridge at the White House on Tuesday who quizzed him on the reasons why black Americans are "still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country".

"So are white people," Trump responded.

"So are white people. What a terrible question to ask. So are white people.

"More people, by the way. More white people."

Trump, who described the killing of George Floyd as "terrible", was referencing the fact that the majority of people in America shot and killed by police are in fact white.

A study published in the Washington Post in July found that over the last five years, just over 50% of people shot by police were white, however black americans are shot at a disproportionate rate.

While black people in the US account for less than 13% of the population, they are killed by police at a much higher rate than that of white Americans, with black Americans accounting for 24% of all killings at the hands of the authorities.

Also in the interview, Mr Trump defended the use of the Confederate flag as a mark of "freedom of speech".

The flag is a hugely divisive symbol in the US. Some of the population argue it represents heritage, while others point towards its association with slavery and its use by white supremacists.

"I know people that like the Confederate flag and they're not thinking about slavery," Mr Trump said.

"I look at NASCAR, you go to NASCAR, you had those flags all over the place, they stopped it. I just think it's freedom of speech - whether its Confederate flags, or Black Lives Matter, or anything else you want to talk about - it's freedom of speech."