South Carolina Senator Tim Scott recounted a personal moment between himself and President Trump during an interview with South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy on CNN Wednesday morning.
“I tell you the truth, I go back to a specific incident in the Charlottesville situation where I had harsh comments about the president. And I was very candid about my displeasure and how I found some of his exhibits to be indefensible. He invited me into the Oval Office after my criticism, and I found something quite surprising happening in the Oval Office,” Sen. Scott recounted.
“He said, ‘We’re not on the same page on the history of race relations in this country. Help me find the way forward.’ So I started talking about legislative remedies that would help poor kids in poor communities like the ones I grew up in,” Scott continued.
Eventually that conversation led to bipartisan passage of legislation, according to Scott.
“And he said that he was interested in the legislation. Long story short, he supported the legislation, and now Cory Booker and myself, Chris Coons and other Democrats along with Republicans on the finance committee got that bill passed into law, and every state is now looking at ways to create opportunities.”
“Yes, the rhetoric cannot be helpful, it can be indefensible at times but the challenge I laid on the president’s desk was to help me find a path forward, and legislatively you had to concede that that legislation, as well as now record low unemployment in communities of color, are helpful targets from a public policy standpoint,” Scott continued. “But we still have to wrestle with the rhetoric that can sometimes be hurtful.”
“I think that’s a really valuable story,” CNN host Alisyn Camerota added.
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