President Donald Trump applauded the achievements of those in the African-American community who “changed the course of our Nation.”
“I am very grateful for the many wonderful opportunities to honor African-American heroes, faith leaders, entrepreneurs and the many others who changed the course of our Nation,” the president said in his weekly address on Saturday.
“We are blessed by the lives and examples of those who have made this Nation a beacon of freedom, talent, and unbreakable American spirit,” he said.
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Trump called the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, which he visited last week, a “masterpiece.”
“There’s a great quote by Muhammad Ali in the museum — ‘I shook up the world,’ he said. And that is what he did. So did leaders like Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King, and so many others,” the president said.
“They shook up the world for the better because they inspired our Nation to march toward justice and freedom for all. Today, and every day, I pledge to continue that march so that every American — no matter his background, no matter her background — has the chance to climb that great ladder of success,” he said.
Ben Carson, Trump’s nominee for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, accompanied the president on his visit to the museum. Trump believes the former presidential candidate will do “a fantastic job” in his new position.
“That’s what I am committed to doing also. I want every African-American child, family, and worker to have access to great schools, safe communities, and good-paying jobs. I want every disadvantaged child in America to have a choice about where they go to school — so important,” Trump said.
He also praised historically black colleges and universities in the nation, adding that they are not often “given the credit that they deserve.”
The president’s address came a day after his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference where his speech both delighted his supporters and confounded his critics.
Former presidential candidate Herman Cain found Trump’s speech “refreshing” and said he “felt inspired” by his words.
“During his speech, I heard the exploding sounds of liberals’ heads exploding,” Cain told Kimberly Guilfoyle on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” Friday.
“He repeated what he said he was going to do, and he’s doing what he said he was going to do,” Cain said, adding that the American people don’t care that Trump’s speech did not sound “presidential.”
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“He speaks ‘Trump-speak.’ It connects with the American people,” he said.
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