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Pool report #3 - Select POTUS comments/attendees
John Bennett • CQ Roll Call
February 1, 2017: 11:06 AM

All quotes are from President Trump:

AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY: "During this month, we honor the tremendous history of the African-Americans throughout our country, but the world when you really think about it. Their story is one of unimaginable sacrifice, hard work and faith."

POTUS then noted he traveled to parts of the country during the campaign to places he was not familiar with, saying he met some "incredible people" from the African-American community.

POTUS said his HHS secretary nominee Ben Carson will do a great job, noting the job covers more than housing policy. Trump also noted last month's Martin Luther King, Jr., birthday celebration and MLK's "incredible example was unique in American history."

"I am very proud now that we have a museum on the [National] Mall where people can learn about Rev. King, some of the other things - Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks. I'm proud to honor this heritage. And we'll be honoring it more and more."


INNER CITIES: "We're going to need better schools, and we need them soon. We need more jobs. We need better wages, much better wages. We're going to work very hard [inaudible]. We need safer communities... I'm ready to do my part. I will say this: We're going to do this together."


CHICAGO VIOLENCE: "It's a great idea," Trump said of possible meeting involving gang leaders and the possibly of social programs starting up if violence can be reduced.

"If they're not going to solve the problem - and what you're doing is the right thing - then we're going to solve the problem for them. Because we're going to have to do something... What's happening in Chicago should not be happening in this country."


MEDIA: "A lot of the media is actually the opposition party. They're so, uh, biased. It's a disgrace. Some of the media is fantastic and fair. So much of the media is opposition party, knowingly saying incorrect things. It's a very sad situation. But we seem to be doing well. ... We won, so maybe they don't have the influence they think."


Full list of attendees, per the White House:

Mr. Armstrong Williams, Howard Stirk Holding Broadcast Group
Mr. Darrell Scott, Pastor, New Spirit Revival Council
Ms. Belinda Scott, Wife of Darrel Scott
Mr. James Davis, National Diversity Coalition
Mr. Gerard T. Robinson, American Enterprise Institute
Mr. Earl Matthews, Lt. Col US Army (Retired)
Mr. Paris Dennard, Thurgood Marshall's College Fund/ CNN Contributor
The Honorable Bill Cleveland, Former Vice Mayor of Alexandria, VA, Retired Capitol Hill Police Officer
Dr. Ben Carson, HUD Secretary-designee

African American Members of the Trump Administration
Ms. Omarosa Manigault, Director of Communications, OPL
Mr. Landon Davis, Department of the Interior
Mr. Ashley Bell, Department of State
Ms. Lynne Martine Patton, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Mr. Daris Meeks, Director of Domestic Policy, OVP
Mr. Ja'Ron Smith, Domestic Policy, Urban Development and Revitalization
Ms. Mary Elizabeth Wells, Political Affairs
Ms. Leah LeVell, Communications
Ms. Monica Alexander, OPL
Ms. Kara McKee

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