President Trump toured the African American Museum of History Tuesday morning, along with Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, and Alveda King, Sen. Tim Scott, and his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
After he completed the tour, Trump spoke for a few minutes, praising the museum and those who were responsible for it, and spoke out against bigotry, intolerance, and hatred in all forms against African Americans, Jews, and all Americans.
“This museum is a beautiful tribute to so many American heroes,” Trump said. “I’m deeply proud that we now have a museum that honors the millions of African-American men and women who built our national heritage, especially when it comes to faith, culture, and the unbreakable American spirit.”
“I know President Obama was here for the museum’s opening last fall, and I’m honored to be the second sitting president to visit this museum.
Etched in the hall that we passed today is a quote from Spotswood Rice, a runaway slave who joined the Union Army. He believed that his fellow African Americans always looked to the United States as the promised land of universal freedom.
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.
This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its ugly forms.”
In a direct reference to the many attacks on the Jewish community Monday, when bomb threats were launched against Jewish community centers across the country and a Jewish cemetery was vandalized, President Trump stated:
“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible, and are painful, and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate, prejudice, and evil.”
President Trump also thanked Dr. Ben Carson, saying, “We really started something with Ben. We’re very proud of him, and, hopefully, next week he’ll get his approval.” The president said the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is not just about housing, but, if done properly, will involve so much more. He confirmed that he and Carson will be working very closely together to improve opportunities for African Americans.
President Trump also recognized Sen. Tim Scott and Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The president referenced a quote by MLK, when “in 1955, he told the world, ‘We are determined to work and fight until justice runs down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.'”
Trump promised he will work to bring this country together.
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