Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott said he believes President Donald Trump has had a chance to reflect on the controversial comments he made after the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va.
Scott said that Trump told him the perception of his remarks wasn’t “what he intended” in a interview with CBS News released Wednesday night after meeting with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that same day. In the interview, Scott speaks about Trump’s comments as well as discrimination and opportunity in the U.S.
This comes as Scott said he believed Trump could benefit from speaking with civil rights leaders like Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis in late August after the president claimed many were responsible for the violent outbreaks at a white nationalists rally in Charlottesville.
CBS News asked Scott if he thought Trump felt remorse over his previous comments.
“He’s obviously reflected on what he has said, on his intentions and the perception of those comments,” Scott said. “I’ll let him discuss how he feels about it, but he was certainly very clear that the perception that he received on his comments was not exactly what he intended with those comments.”
Scott was then asked about what he personally wanted Trump to understand and what he had hoped to get out of the conversation with the president. “What I wanted to get out of the conversation was a focus on fairness and opportunity,” he said.
“Most people of color and frankly all Americans, want to be treated fairly in this nation, and they want access to opportunities,” he added.
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