President Donald Trump promised to unite our country, a “divided country” as he called it, during a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture today. In addition to uniting our country, he also pledged to fight bigotry.
“Today and every day of my presidency I pledge to do everything I can to continue that promise of freedom for African-Americans and for every American,” Trump remarked. ” He called his tour of the museum “a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry and hatred and intolerance.”
“We’re going to bring this country together. We have a divided country that’s been divided for many, many years, but we’re going to bring it together,” the president said.
He also took the time at the museum to address the spike in hate crimes against Jewish people and Jewish organizations, a response from many Jewish leaders to comment on the events.
He labeled the hate crimes and threats “horrible and painful and a very sad reminder of the work that must still be one to root out hate and prejudice.”
Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and Housing and Urban Development nominee Ben Carson joined by his wife Candy Carson accompanied him on the tour, along with Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), and former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault.
The museum he visited opened last September, his visit is during Black History Month. The tour was arranged at the beginning of this month when Trump held a sit down with African-American leaders.
Although strangely his guests did not include leaders of the NAACP, a leading African-American rights group that have great historical significance. Those who accompanied him instead consisted of his nominee for HUD, his only African American nominee, his daughter, and a former tv contestant.
Trump was criticized last week when April Ryan, who is a longtime White House reporter if she would want to help set up a visit with the congressional black caucus, Ryan is African American, and she has absolutely no affiliation with the black caucus.
His visit marks the second time during this administration that a Trump has visited the museum, second to his wife Melania Trump, who visited with Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
He has made mistakes in the past, mostly during the campaign, when he tried to reach out to the African-American community. He once said “what the hell do you have to lose” when asking the African American electorate why they wouldn’t vote for him.
Read President Trump’s complete remarks here