George Floyd's brother says Biden called him to say he was praying for them: 'He knows how it is to lose a family member'

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Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, appearing on the "Today" show with family attorney Ben Crump. Today
  • George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd told the "Today" the president had called him.

  • He said Biden said he was praying for the family, adding: "He knows how it is to lose a family member."

  • Philonise said "He was just letting us know he was praying for us."

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George Floyd's brother said that President Joe Biden called him to tell him that he was praying for the family.

Philonise Floyd told NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, alongside the family attorney Ben Crump: "He knows how it is to lose a family member, and he knows the process of what we're going through. He was just letting us know he was praying for us, and hoping that everything would come out to be OK."

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Biden's first wife and daughter were killed in a car crash in 1972, and his son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015.

Philonise Floyd's "Today" interview came as the jury enters its second day of deliberations in Derek Chauvin's murder trial.

Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer, faces charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd's death last year.

Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for a few minutes as Floyd said he could not breathe.

Biden had spoken to Floyd's family last year as well, telling CNN at the time that he "tried to give them some solace." Former President Barack Obama also spoke to the Floyd family last year, according to the Rev. Al Sharpton.

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