....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
On May 27, 2020, U.S. president Donald Trump tweeted "At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd...."
On May 29, Trump responded to the riots by threatening to send in the National Guard, adding that "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts." The tweet was interpreted as quoting former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley, who said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" in December 1967, as Miami saw escalating tensions and racial protests aimed at the 1968 Republican National Convention. Trump's use of the quote was seen by Twitter as an incitement of violence; Twitter placed the tweet behind a public interest notice for breaching its terms of service in regards to incitement of violence. The next day, Trump commented on his original tweet, saying, "Looting leads to shooting, and that's why a man was shot and killed in Minneapolis on Wednesday night – or look at what just happened in Louisville with 7 people shot. I don't want this to happen, and that's what the expression put out last night means...."
In a series of tweets on May 31, Trump blamed the press for fomenting the protests and said journalists are "truly bad people with a sick agenda."
On June 1, in a teleconference with state governors, Trump said they had been "weak" in their response to the unrest and insisted that they "have to dominate ... You've got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you'll never see this stuff again." He later proclaimed in the White House Rose Garden, "I am your president of law and order" and said he was "dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers" to deal with rioting in Washington, D.C. Trump and an entourage subsequently departed the White House and walked to St. John's Episcopal Church, whose basement had been damaged by fire, and posed for pictures in front of it holding up a Bible. Police and national guardsmen had used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear a crowd of peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square to clear a route for Trump, an event that drew widespread condemnation from military and religious leaders, as well as fellow Republicans. Four days after this event Washington D.C. renamed the street corner in front of St. John's Church "Black Lives Matter Plaza" and painted "BLACK LIVES MATTER" in large, yellow letters stretching from Lafayette Square north for two blocks.
Surgeon GeneralJerome Adams said, in relation to the protests, "I remain concerned about the public health consequences both of individual and institutional racism".
On May 30, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that the riots have exposed the "inequality and discrimination in the criminal justice system" and that "When you have one episode, two episodes maybe you can look at them as individual episodes. But when you have 10 episodes, 15 episodes, you are blind or in denial if you are still treating each one like a unique situation".
Atlanta MayorKeisha Lance Bottoms called for protesters to express their anger through "non-violent" means. She decried the riots as illegitimate and accused them of harming Atlanta rather than helping.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie, while sympathizing with the anger of protesters, asked for citizens to stop the violence and have a "Respectful, peaceful dialogue".
Two people have been charged with a hate crime for vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural in Martinez, California. Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton said that BLM movement "is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention."
An early June Reuters/Ipsosopinion poll indicated the majority (64%) of American adults are "sympathetic to people who are out protesting right now" and a slight majority (55%) disapprove of Trump's handling of the protests. An Emerson poll of registered voters conducted between June 2–3 indicated that among American voters, 46% approve of the protests, 38% disapprove and 16% were neutral; 76% of voters disapprove of looting and property destruction during the protests, while 17% approve.
A fire burns at maX it PAWN in Minneapolis on May 29 (top); Private security and boarded up storefronts at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, June 7 (bottom)
In response to complains on social media reiterating complaints mentioned in a racial discrimination lawsuit, Walmart announced it would no longer store hair care products appropriate for most African Americans in locked security cases (which it had only been doing in a few stores, where products for other types of hair were not locked up).
On June 4, LinkedIn CEO apologized after the company allowed a meeting to address George Floyd protests during which some employees made "appalling" racially insensitive comments.
Various other companies have made public statements against racism and injustice and other displays of support since the death of George Floyd.
The entertainment industry has been overwhelmingly supportive of the protests, exhibited by corporations voicing support for Black Lives Matter causes and a number of celebrities attending protests and making donations. Actors such as Jamie Foxx,Nick Cannon, and Kendrick Sampson—among others—attended protests, while Blake Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds donated a record $200,000 to the NAACP. Much of the music industry called for an organized "blackout" on June 2 while prominent musicians such as Ariana Grande,Beyonce,Chance the Rapper,Halsey, and J. Cole attended protests or otherwise voiced support for the cause. Jay-Z spoke to the Governor of Minnesota to weigh in on justice for George Floyd,Drake and The Weeknd donated to pro-Black Lives Matter causes. Taylor Swift made headlines by denouncing Trump on Twitter for "stoking the fires of racism." The tweet went on to become the 15th most liked tweet of all time, garnering 2.2 million likes as of June 2020. K-pop group BTS, with the support of their agency BigHit Entertainment, donated $1,000,000 to the BLM movement. Following this announcement, fans of the group ran a #MatchAMillion campaign, which raised an additional $1,026,531 within a day to be split between various BLM-related organizations. Additionally, Kanye West donated $2,000,000 to the families of George Floyd, set up a 529 college fund for George Floyd's daughter as well as, fund Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery attorney fees. He was also seen protesting along with other protesters in Chicago.
On June 2, Discovery, Inc. displayed blackout screens as part of "Blackout Tuesday" for the same length of time on its 19 domestic channels in the U.S. On June 9 and 10, the same channels suspended programming for an hour each day at 9 p.m. Eastern time to broadcast a virtual roundtable discussion with African-American politicians, commentators, and entertainers. The show, moderated by Oprah Winfrey, was called OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?Procter and Gamble was a presenting sponsor, and Essence magazine also bought air time to promote a contest for black female entrepreneurs.
Netflix was the first major studio to issue a statement supporting Black Lives Matter in the wake of protests.YouTube pledged $1,000,000 to combat social injustice.Lego announced they would cease advertising White House and police-related toys, pledging $4 million towards education on racism and helping African American children.The Walt Disney Company pledged $5 million supporting nonprofit organizations advancing social justice, including a $2 million donation to the NAACP. CEO Bob Chapek and executive chairman Bob Iger released a statement to Disney employees promising "real change" in the wake of George Floyd's death. The cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a police comedy series, along with showrunner Dan Goor, donated $100,000 to The National Bail Fund Network while also condemning Floyd's death.Stephanie Beatriz, who plays Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, made a personal donation to the fund while encouraging actors who portray police on television to do so as well. Meanwhile, Amazon Studios issued a statement supporting Black Lives Matter.Amazon Prime Video started displaying African-American themed selections in a prominent Black Lives Matter category.
Much of the sports industry has been supportive of the protesters demanding justice for George Floyd. Several footballers across different leagues including Jadon Sancho, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, among other, have shown full solidarity towards the issue. In June 2020, Raheem Sterling on the BBC programme Newsnight, reacting to anti-racism protests around the world said that this is the time to speak up against injustice, especially in football. The forward remarked that there are 500 players in the Premier League of which one-third constitute of blacks, but the hierarchy has no black representative for blacks in the management. "It's not just taking the knee , it is about giving people the chance they deserve," he lamented on Floyd's death and lack of acceptance for black worldwide. On June 17, 2020, more than 3 months after the Premier League resumed, Aston Villa and Sheffield United players took a knee in support of the black lives matter movement before the match.
Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, who is the sport's first and only black driver has criticized the industry for the silence over the matter on Instagram. This has led to his fellow drivers expressing their views with several others supporting the campaign. Formula One also issued a statement echoing Hamilton's post. Hamilton has also launched a commission to improve diversity in racing, with Formula One launching an initiative known as "We Race As One" to tackle racial injustice. Former Formula One Group chairman Bernie Ecclestone caused controversy when he questioned Hamilton's initiative and adding that "Black people are more racist than what White people are". This has caused Hamilton to hit back at Ecclestone, calling Ecclestone as "ignorant and uneducated", with Formula One issuing a statement saying that they "completely disagree with Bernie Ecclestone’s comments that have no place in Formula 1 or society".
NASCAR has banned Confederate flags at all of their events, following a call by driver Bubba Wallace for a ban of the flags. An incident occurred during the GEICO 500 weekend, when a noose was discovered in Wallace's garage at the Talladega Superspeedway. Following an investigation, the FBI concluded that Wallace was not a victim of hate crime, but the noose had been there since October 2019.
CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman was forced to resign over his response to the killing; over a thousand gyms, top CrossFit athletes, and Reebok and Rogue Fitness dropped partnerships with the company.
In June 2020, The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) showed staunch support towards the black lives matter movement and acknowledged that cricket is also not immune to systematic racism. However, the board affirmed that it will address the issue and try to bring “meaningful and long-term change” to the game. “We will now work to engage community leaders and black influencers within cricket so that we can review and evolve our existing inclusion and diversity work and specifically address the issues raised by the black community,” it added.
In July 2020, Patty Mills said that he would play in the NBA restart and donate his entire salary for 2020 towards fighting racism. The NBA star revealed that the amount would precisely be $1,017,818.54 and said that it would be bifurcated and donated towards Black Lives Matter Australia among other racism related concerns. 
The protests have been met with resistance and attempts at disruption by some far-right groups. There have been various reports of Proud Boys and people with anti-federal government and/or white supremacist ideals such as the Boogaloo movement infiltrating protests as part of a larger strategy of causing a "race war", or a "second Civil War." People associated with these movements have been charged in connection with terrorist plots, car attacks, and shootings that have taken place in conjunction with the protests.
Argentina – President Alberto Fernández said in an interview that for those who have lived in the U.S. (like Fernández had before), those images are "unthinkable", and compared the pictures of the protests to those seen in the 2019 film Joker: "What does that reaction mean? It is the reaction to inequality and the treatment that a community receives, and is the black community in the United States that suffers every so often attitudes like the one we saw filmed" he replied, referring to George Floyd's video and making a further comment about it: "It is a demeaning action to the human condition: someone who leans on the neck of someone lying on the floor who is telling him that he suffocates, and still lets him suffocate," he lamented; "We have to learn that an individual cannot live in peace with inequality, one cannot pretend to be distracted by inequality. We have to work to give better life quality and opportunities for all", concluded the head of state.
Australia – Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated his beliefs that violent protests would not create change. He warned against Australian demonstrations taking a similar course as "there's no need to import things happening in other countries."
Brazil – President Jair Bolsonaro expressed "regret" over the killing of Floyd, but attempted to distance ongoing protests in Brazil from their U.S. counterparts, stating that "racism [in the United States] is a little different from Brazil". He also shared a post by President Trump regarding the U.S. designating Antifa as a terrorist organization.
Cambodia - Prime Minister Hun Sen was quoted saying "Where are Brad Adams and Human Rights Watch? Where are they now? Why haven’t we heard its cries for human rights?".
Canada – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for Canada to "stand together in solidarity" against racial discrimination. He said Canadians are watching the police violence in the United States in "shock and horror." When Trudeau was asked about Trump's threats to use military force against protesters, he paused for 25 seconds before responding diplomatically.
China – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said "black lives matter and their human rights should be guaranteed" and hoped that "the U.S. government would take all necessary measures to deal with the violent law enforcement of police, to protect and safeguard the legitimate interests of racial minorities." However, both state media and individual officials also criticized the United States government and accused it of hypocrisy. For instance, the Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian accused the United States of having a 'double standard' for labeling U.S. protesters disappointed with racism as rioters while glorifying the Hong Kong protesters as heroes, and for shooting U.S. protesters and mobilizing the National Guard while criticizing the Hong Kong police.
Hong Kong – Chief Executive Carrie Lam decried what she perceived as a 'double standard' in America's reaction to protests in Hong Kong and their protests at home.
Saudi Arabia – The Saudi Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, described the protests as an "indication of the vitality of American society" and claimed that they showed "the strength of that society, its ability to mobilize in the face of crisis". Although he lamented "shortcomings in the American system concerning racism and discrimination", he expressed hope the U.S. "will be able to overcome the current difficulty they are now going through".
Cuba – Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla tweeted that George Floyd "did not 'pass away.' He was brutally murdered. Unfortunately this is a well known story for African-Americans. He was unarmed and shouting 'I can't breathe,' but that wasn't enough to prevent an injustice. Our skin color should not define us. #BlackLivesMatter."
France – Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said "any act of violence committed against peaceful protesters or journalists is unacceptable, in the United States or elsewhere."
Germany – Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Twitter that the peaceful protests in the United States following the death of George Floyd are "understandable and more than legitimate," and that peaceful protests must always be allowed.
Ghana – President Nana Akufo-Addo said "black people the world over were shocked and distraught" by Floyd's killing, and expressed his condolences to Floyd's family and his hope that there would be "lasting change" in how America "confronts the problems of hate and racism."
Holy See – Pope Francis called for "national reconciliation" in the U.S. saying that racism is "intolerable" and that the violence that erupted on the streets is "self-destructive and self-defeating."
India – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi "expressed concern regarding the ongoing civil disturbances in the US, and conveyed his best wishes for an early resolution of the situation" during a call with President Trump.
Iran – On May 30, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned "the tragic murder of black people and deadly racial discrimination in the United States." It added that "the voices of the protesters must be heard ... (and) the repression of suffering Americans must be stopped immediately." Two days later, a Ministry spokesman said at a news conference, speaking in English, "To the American officials and police: stop violence against your people and let them breathe." In a televised speech on June 3, Supreme LeaderAli Khamenei stated that in the United States, "they kill people and they are being arrogance, but then they come and talk about human rights. Wasn't that black man who got killed a human and didn't he have rights?."
Ireland– On June 4, Irish TaoiseachLeo Varadkar expressed "genuine revulsion" at the "heavy-handed response" of the U.S. government towards the free press and protesters, and stated "And we've witnessed the absence of moral leadership or words of understanding, comfort or healing from whence they should have come." Many other political leaders in Ireland, such as Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin, Alan Kelly of the Labour Party and Richard Boyd Barrett of People before Profit denounced racism both in the U.S. and Ireland, and criticised the Trump administration's handling of it in the US. The Irish Parliament, the Dáil observed a minute's silence in respect for those impacted by racism around the world, including George Floyd. Varadkar said that Ireland must take note from the issues coming out of America and address racism in Ireland as well.
Jamaica – Prime Minister Andrew Holness said he was personally 'horrified and saddened' by the killing of George Floyd, and stated that he joined other world leaders in condemning the situation of racism and discrimination in the United States. The government's National Council on Reparations acknowledged the prime minister's statements and said they 'join hands in solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters'.
Malaysia - Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein advised Malaysians to avoid the protest areas and follow the curfew orders. He further stated on Twitter that “The situation in the US is very uncertain now following protests in several cities... Take care & #StaySafe!”. Following the death and protest of George Floyd, The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) also expressed solidarity for the George Floyd's memorial service.
Netherlands – On June 4, during a press conference about whether the Dutch could go on foreign holiday that year, Prime MinisterMark Rutte called the death of George Floyd "unacceptable." Rutte also commented on the recent George Floyd protests in the Netherlands, saying that racism is not only an American and that racism in the Netherlands is a "systemic problem."
New Zealand – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has stated that she was "horrified" by the situation around the death of George Floyd. Ardern had been criticized by local Black Lives Matter solidarity protesters for remaining silent about Floyd's death for a week.
North Korea – A state newspaper said in a publication that "demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House", used ad hominem to refer to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and touted China's rise above the United States.
Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte expressed dismay over the protests and attempted to favorably contrast the "law-abiding" people of the Philippines to the protesters.
Russia – The Foreign Ministry condemned the police violence and arrest of journalists amid the protests, remarking that "this incident is not the first in the string of incidents exposing lawlessness and unjustified violence by 'guardians of law and order' in the United States."Maria Zakharova, the ministry's spokesperson, further commented that in light of the protests, the U.S. "no longer had the authority" to criticize others regarding human rights. On June 14, President Vladimir Putin stated that when protests "turn into mayhem and pogroms, I see nothing good for the country", and described removal of statues as "undoubtedly a destructive phenomenon".
Chechnya – Head of the Chechen RepublicRamzan Kadyrov said Trump needs to "end the mayhem" and "illegal actions against citizens." He continued, "Police are lynching people right on the streets of American cities....They are strangling citizens, beating them up, ramming them with cars." Kadyrov called on the United Nations to intervene.
South Africa – The government released a statement in which it called for all, especially security forces, to exercise maximum restraint in responding to the anger and frustration of protesters. The statement also highlighted that "just as the people of America supported South Africa in its legitimate struggle against apartheid, South Africa too supports the clarion calls for practical action to address the inadequacies highlighted by protesters, civil society and human rights organizations."
Spain – Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez expressed his solidarity with the protests and his concern about the "authoritarian" ways in which the protests have been responded to during a parliamentary session. His Second Deputy Prime Minister, Pablo Iglesias, posted a tweet with the word "ANTIFA" in response to Trump's intentions to declare Antifa a terrorist organization. Sánchez has considered that everyone must unite to combat what he considers "the evil of our time," the extreme right, and has supported some demonstrations that, he said, "have in their genesis some of the most difficult elements in construction of a great country," the United States, to which he has expressed his respect.
Turkey – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a "racist and fascist" approach led to Floyd's death and said that "[we] will be monitoring the issue." The Foreign Minister added on June 3 that "it is unacceptable for police to kill any person in such a way, regardless of race or religion... Justice must be done," but also that "No matter who it is, we do not support such vandalism, not just in the U.S. but also in other countries." Cavusoglu also endorsed Trump's announcement that he would designate Antifa a domestic terrorist organization, and Erdogan claimed to Trump that those committing violence and looting during the protests were linked to the People's Protection Units in Syria.
United Kingdom – The Foreign Office reacted to the arrest of a journalist and said that "journalists all around the world must be free to do their job and hold authorities to account without fear of retribution." Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab commented that the footage of Floyd's arrest was "very distressing" but said that it is "not his job" to comment on the U.S. president's response to the protests.Prime MinisterBoris Johnson told Parliament that "black lives matter," and added, "I also support, as I've said, the right to protest. The only point I would make... is that any protest should be carried out lawfully and in this country protests should be carried out in accordance with our rules on social distancing." On June 5, the British embassy in Washington D.C. raised the issue of the treatment of British journalists by U.S. police, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said.
European Union – European Union Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell stated that the EU is "shocked and appalled" by Floyd's death and attributed it to "abuse of power" by law enforcement. He also warned against further "excessive use of force".
United Nations – UN High Commissioner on Human RightsMichelle Bachelet condemned Floyd's killing, urging American authorities to take "serious action" to stop the killings of unarmed minorities.UN Secretary-GeneralAntonio Guterres said that he was "heartbroken to see violence on the streets in our host country and our host city of New York". He also called for peaceful protests and restraint from security forces responding to the protests, concluding that "racism is abhorrent." After hearing from George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd; the UN Human Rights Council unanimously adopted a resolution at its fifth-ever Urgent Debate asking the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights to prepare a report "on systemic racism, violations of international human rights law against Africans and people of African descent by law enforcement agencies” as well as an examination of government responses to "anti-racism peaceful process peaceful protests."
Amnesty International – The organization released a press release calling for the police in the United States to end excessive militarized responses to the protests. It also called on the UK to review exports of security equipment, including tear gas or rubber bullets, to U.S. police forces.
Human Rights Watch said they were "appalled" by the footage of the arrest and said that "no one should ever be subject to such gratuitous violence". It also added that "George Floyd's cruel and pointless death, and the litany of black lives that were lost before, reconfirms our commitment to combat these injustices."[non-primary source needed]