Rudy Giuliani defends Donald Trump over his handling of the protests over George Floyd's death

The former Mayor of New York and Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has defended the President's handling of the protests over George Floyd's death.

Responding to Susanna Reid's question about the criticism the President has faced for not being able to calm the situation that is taking place across America, Mr Giuliani stated that Mr Trump had handled it in the right way.

"President Trump is criticised for everything by the left-wing media. He has handled it exactly correctly. Immediately he brought the FBI into it. President Obama used to delay weeks before he brought the FBI into it. President Obama had many many more of these incidents than President Trump," he said.

Alleging that the "left-wing media" is portraying the President of the United States of America in a negative way, Mr Giuliani said: "The difference is the left-wing media - including the international media - treats President Trump in a totally different way and exaggerates all the situations involving him.

"He expressed immediately his horror at what happened, he brought the FBI into it. He along with everyone in this country - republican, democrat, liberal, conservative - condemns what the police officer did," he added.

Mr Trump has also come under fire for using what is deemed as an inflammatory phrase in a tweet he posted in reaction to the protests.

During the interview with Piers Morgan and Susanna, Mr Giuliani continued to defend Mr Trump by saying that the President didn't know the phrase was racist.

"He used that expression not knowing where it came from. The reality is this became out of control because the Mayor of Minneapolis failed to protect the citizens of his city from the riots. Do you think he took that out of a book knowing that it came from a racist? of course, he didn't. I've known him for 30 years and I know he's a fair man who doesn't have a racist bone in his body," he said.

Sharing his views on the news that Derek Chauvin - the police officer who had his knee on George Floyd's neck - has been charged with second-degree murder, Mr Giuliani said: "I don't believe they've been charged harshly enough. I think the Minnesota and Minneapolis authorities have badly mishandled this case and they should be charged with first-degree murder - particularly the officer who had his knee on the neck of Mr Floyd when he was being told constantly that the man couldn't breathe."