As the nation kicks off Black History Month, President Trump appears to be ready to support the African-American community.
The President hosted a meeting this morning to recognize Black History Month with a diverse panel of supporters. Participants included Dr. Ben Carson, retired police officer and Vietnam War veteran Bill Cleveland, political commentator and consultant Paris Dennard, and other prominent influencers in the African-American community.
He began with a respectful statement about black history, and the importance of recognizing the impact those like Martin Luther King Jr. have had on this country and world. “During this month, we honor the tremendous history of the African Americans throughout our country — throughout the world if you really think about it.”
President Trump then discussed the ways he is going to improve the inner-cities: “I’ve gotten a real glimpse during the campaign. I’d go around with Ben [Carson] to a lot of different places that I wasn’t so familiar with. They’re incredible people.” The President recognized, “we’re going to need better schools, and we need them soon. We need more jobs, we need better wages. We’re going to work very hard in the inner-city.”
The President demonstrated gratefulness and respect toward those who were present in the meeting, and this was reciprocated by everyone in the room. Belinda Scott, pastor of New Spirit Revival Center in Ohio, commented, “I’m grateful that our president gives us an ear — to listen to the community, and people like us are here to put that message out into the community.” Belinda assured there is a great “amount of support in the African-American community where we are.” She encouraged the President, saying, “we love the Lord, we love our new President, and we are praying for our President on a regular basis.”
It seems most media outlets are focusing on one specific moment that the President made during the meeting: “I don’t watch CNN, I don’t like fake news.”
They are claiming an attack on the media, saying the President was disrespecting the meeting as a whole. Unfortunately, in doing so, these media outlets themselves are distracting from the real purpose of the meeting: Black History Month.
And President Trump seems ready to be a part of this progress as he stated: “I’m proud to honor this heritage, and we will be honoring it more and more … I’m ready to do my part.”
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