Back in January, TV star Steve Harvey told President Trump that he would like to help the Trump administration on its Housing and Urban Development initiatives. Harvey had campaigned for Hillary Clinton, but when he met with then-President-elect Trump, he was slammed by liberals calling him “names that I’ve never been called: Uncle Tom. A coon. A sellout. Because I went to see this man?! Which only happened because my business partner got a call from the Obama transition team, who said that the Trump transition team would like to set up a meeting,” he recalled in an extensive interview with the Hollywood Reporter published Tuesday.
Despite that trouble, the comedian and Family Feud host revealed that he has been meeting with HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson to discuss building what he called “vision centers” in New York City, to teach STEM subjects and computer programming to children.
Harvey recalled the meeting with Trump, in which he told the president, “You’ve appointed Ben Carson as the head of Housing and Urban Development, and I’ve got keys to a lot of cities around this country from the years of performing that I’ve done. I can get an ear to them really quick and find out what their real needs are. Y’all keep closing schools in the cities. Why don’t we take those schools that are closing, put some HUD money in them, and reopen them as vision centers and teach STEM and computers and coding? If you connect me with Ben Carson, I can help him with that.” A few minutes later, Ben Carson was on the phone.
“I’ve been to HUD twice,” Harvey told THR. “I’ve met with Dr. Carson and we’re actually trying to get it started. We’ve had meetings, and now we’re just waiting on the final notes. We have several teams in place. Hopefully, before the year goes out, we’ll be making the announcement about the first vision center.”
The 60-year-old Steve Harvey Show star’s work with Carson and HUD comes even after the comedian detailed the fierce backlash he faced after meeting with Trump in January. A number of celebrities and media personalities, including CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill and rapper T.I., blasted Harvey for meeting with Trump.
Harvey defended the meeting in January when he said he had an “obligation to take a seat at the table when invited.”
“It was so vicious that it really threw me,” he told THR.
In April, Harvey told TMZ that he had met with HUD and that Trump was keeping his promises to inner city communities on housing.
“As far as doing what he promised me he would do, he is doing it,” the TV host admitted.
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