Biden will meet with George Floyd’s family but ‘will avoid funeral in case Secret Service protection complicates it’ – The Sun

JOE Biden is set to meet with George Floyd's family in-person but he will avoid the funeral in case his Secret Service protection causes a stir. 

The former Vice President is reportedly planning to visit Floyd's grieving relatives in Houston, Texas to give his condolences in person ahead of the funeral on Monday.


But Biden is concerned that if he attends the service flanked by his security guards it may be disruptive, reported CBS News.

"Vice President Biden will travel to Houston Monday to express his condolences in-person to the Floyd family," his spokesperson said on Sunday. "He is also recording a video message for the funeral service."

An insider told the station that he feels having guards with him may cause too much of a stir during the service.

An attorney for Floyd's family confirmed Biden was welcome to attend the 46-year-old's funeral.

Lawyer Benjamin Crump said that he didn't have confirmation that the presumptive Democratic nominee would be there, however.

Making the trip from Delaware to Texas would be the furthest Biden has gone since the COVID-19 stay-home orders commenced in March.

Last week, he delivered a speech in Philadelphia about Floyd's death in police custody and has been vocal in his support of the Black Lives Matter movement – and his criticism of the US President.

Our nation is at an inflection point," Biden tweeted after another day of protests in Washington DC and other states.

"We can choose four more years of Donald Trump's poisonous rhetoric and divisive politics — or we can take the next great step forward.

"Donald Trump is the worst possible person to lead us through this moment."

Earlier, he said that he had made a vow to Floyd's family that his death wouldn't be in vain: "we need real police reform to ensure this never occurs again."

Likewise, Trump had lashed out at his rival on Twitter this weekend as he said Biden and democrats "controlled by the Radical Left" would aim to defund the police during the civil unrest that has gripped the country.

"Sleepy Joe Biden and the Radical Left Democrats want to 'DEFUND THE POLICE.' I want great and well paid LAW ENFORCEMENT. I want LAW & ORDER!" he raged on Saturday night.

On Sunday, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he would be cutting the NYPD's budget while officials in Minneapolis confirmed that they intended to disband the police force there.

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