SEOUL, KR — (06-15-20) — President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to show their disdain for Black Americans and LGBTQ Americans by ordering the removal of a Black Lives Matter and PRIDE Month Banner from the front of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.
Word has it that once president Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were made aware of the banners they were outraged and demanded that the banners be removed and replaced with a 70th anniversary Korean War banner.
According to Bloomberg, which cited “people familiar with the matter,” the banner was removed “after it was brought to the attention” of President Trump and Pompeo.
On Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul tweeted, “The U.S. Embassy stands in solidarity with fellow Americans grieving and peacefully protesting to demand positive change. Our #BlackLivesMatter banner shows our support for the fight against racial injustice and police brutality as we strive to be a more inclusive & just society.”
The U.S. Embassy stands in solidarity with fellow Americans grieving and peacefully protesting to demand positive change. Our #BlackLivesMatter banner shows our support for the fight against racial injustice and police brutality as we strive to be a more inclusive & just society. pic.twitter.com/Y4Thr2MRdw
— U.S. Embassy Seoul (@USEmbassySeoul) June 13, 2020
Pompeo and Trump were both displeased about the banner, the people said. A large, multicolored “pride” banner recognizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people was also removed on Monday. They were replaced with a banner commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Korean War.
CNN further reported that the State Department “cited as its reason the fact that Black Lives Matter is a non-profit organization and that the US government does not encourage contributions to the group or promote any specific organization.”
The embassy had put up the banner amid protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody. Floyd died after a police officer kneeled on his neck, despite complaints from Floyd that he couldn’t breathe.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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