Trump: ‘I Have a Great Relationship Because of What I’ve Done with the African-American Community’

By Melanie Arter | October 16, 2020 | 11:23am EDT
President Donald Trump speaks with audience members after participating in an NBC News town hall event at the Perez Art Museum in Miami on October 15, 2020. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump speaks with audience members after participating in an NBC News town hall event at the Perez Art Museum in Miami on October 15, 2020. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump said Thursday that what he’s done for the black community like criminal justice reform, prison reform, Opportunity Zones, and extending funding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) has given him “a great relationship” with the black community.

“I have a great relationship, because of what I've done, with the African-American community,” Trump said at the NBC’s town hall on Thursday.


Trump was asked a question about what he would do to better prepare law enforcement officers to work in collaboration with the communities they serve and to protect the lives of innocent black and Latinos from police brutality and injustice.

“Right, I fully understand the question, and I saw everything that you saw over the summer, and it was a terrible thing, a terrible thing to watch. We were very strongly -- we have a senator named Tim Scott from South Carolina. He came up with a bill that should have been approved. It was great,” the president said.

“It was a bill that was strong in terms of law enforcement and strong in terms of enforcing the proper thing and doing the proper thing by law enforcement, and the Democrats just wouldn't go for it. They wouldn't go for it at all, and I don't know why, because it was a really great bill, but I do have to say this, and some people don't like it, but a lot of people agree. I have done more for the African-American community than any president with the exception of Abraham Lincoln,” he said.

“Criminal justice reform, prison reform, historically black colleges and universities. I got them funded. They were on a year to year basis. They could have been put out of business. As soon as our country had a little bad year, they would have said, I'm sorry, we're not going to fund you. I got them 10-year funding and financing, and more than they even asked for. I became very friendly with a lot of the heads,” Trump said.

“But we've done more -- and of course Opportunity Zones, but criminal justice reform, everybody said it could not be done. President Obama and Biden never even tried to do it. They never even tried, but I say that, and I say it often, I'll say it loud, and I'm very proud of it, and I have a great relationship, because of what I've done, with the African-American community. I'm very proud of it,” he said. 

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