Vice President Mike Pence refuses to say the phrase "Black lives matter," and instead insists that "all lives matter." Pence emphasized the "preciousness and importance of every human life,” to Philadelphia’s 6ABC Action News.

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“Let me just say that what happened to George Floyd was a tragedy,” Pence began after being asked about the Black Lives Matter movement. “And in this nation, especially on Juneteenth, we celebrate the fact that from the founding of this nation we've cherished the ideal that all, all of us are created equal, and endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. And so all lives matter in a very real sense."

6ABC anchor Brian Taff pressed Pence for a direct comment on Black Lives Matter, to which Pence said, “Well, I don't accept the fact, Brian, that there's a segment of American society that disagrees, in the preciousness and importance of every human life,” Pence said. “And it's one of the reasons why as we advance important reforms in law enforcement, as we look for ways to strengthen and improve our public safety in our cities, that we're not going to stop there. I mean, I couldn't be more proud to be part of an administration that saw the lowest unemployment ever recorded for African Americans."

President Donald Trump will hold his first rally in months in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Saturday.