“This is probably going to be… the most pro-black president I’ve seen in my lifetime,” said Pastor Darrell Scott, a supporter of the president.
President Trump focused on efforts to reform the prison system Wednesday, meeting with faith leaders and lawmakers at the White House.
In a roundtable discussion with nearly 20 inner city pastors and faith leaders, Trump touted a low unemployment rate and booming economy that he said would make it easier for former prisoners to reintegrate into society.
“We have passed the First Step Act through the House and we are working to pass that into law, and I think we’ll be able to do it. When we say ‘hire American,’ we mean all Americans,” the president told a group that included Trump supporters Paul WhiteCain, Alveda King and Pastor Darrell Scott, along with celebrity pastor John Gray. White House chief of staff General John Kelly and son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner were also present.
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Following Wednesday’s event, Trump met with a group of lawmakers to discuss the issue. The group, which met behind closed doors, included GOP prison and sentencing reform advocates such as Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
The largely pro-Trump group present at the public event praised the president for his efforts on criminal justice reform and the economy. “This is probably the most proactive administration regarding urban America and the faith-based community in my lifetime,” said Scott, a Trump surrogate during the 2016 campaign.
“This president actually wants to prove something to our community, our faith-based community and our ethnic community. The last president didn’t feel like he had to. He got a pass,” he added, referring to President Obama. “This is probably going to be… the most pro-black president I’ve seen in my lifetime.”
Pastor Darrell Scott, a Trump supporter, compared the president’s outreach efforts favorably to President Obama’s.