Mr Floyd was filmed being held down under the knee of a police officer. In video footage of the incident, he can be heard saying he could not breathe and later became unresponsive before dying. Mrs Trump tweeted: “Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence.
“I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now.
“My deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd. As a nation, let’s focus on peace, prayers & healing.”
The death of Mr Floyd has sparked protests across the US with many believing that Mr Floyd was treated the way he was due to his black skin.
One user wrote: “‘I can’t wait to hear what Melania Trump has to say about this,’ said no voter ANYWHERE, about ANYTHING.
Melania Trump drew criticism for a tweet over recent protests
One user mentioned a jacket Mrs Trump during a trip to a child migrant detention centre
“The woman who mocked kids in cages with her ‘I Really Don’t Care. Do U?’ jacket has no say in this matter, as far as I am concerned.”
The jacket referred to in this tweet was a $39 (£31.60) one worn on a 2018 trip to a child migrant detention centre.
In an interview with ABC, Mrs Trump said: “It’s obvious I didn’t wear the jacket for the children, I wore the jacket to go on the plane and off the plane.
“It was for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticising me. I want to show them I don’t care. You could criticise whatever you want to say. But it will not stop me to do what I feel is right.”
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One user bought up Donald Trump’s comments on kneeling NFL players
One user tweeted: “Your husband didn’t want peaceful protests either.”
This was accompanied by a picture of Colin Kaepernick.
While playing for the San Francisco 49ers in a preseason game, Mr Kaepernick took a knee during the US national anthem.
He explained his stance: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour.
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Protests over Mr Floyd’s death have broken out across the US
Some of these have turned violent
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.
“There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder”, he said referencing a series of African-American deaths at the hands of law enforcement.
In 2017, the year after this event, Donald Trump said in Alabama: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired.’”
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“That’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for.”
Another user wrote: “You have a lot of explaining to do, FLOUTUS (sic).”
The post was accompanied by speech bubbles of language previously used by Trump.
One said, “I’d like to punch him in the face,” referencing Trump’s remarks when a protestor was escorted out of his rally on the eve of the Nevada caucus in 2016.
Trump observes a Black Lives Matter protestor at an Alabama rally
Another said: “Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,” in reference to remarks Trump made about a Black Lives Matter activist following a 2015 rally.
The activist in question told CNN he and other protestors started chanting “Dump the Trump” and “Black Lives Matter” during a Trump speech and he was then swarmed by attendees who referred to him and two fellow protestors by the N-word and called them “monkeys”.
The slurs were not picked up on CNN’s recording of the events and could not be independently verified.