On Wednesday, Omarosa Manigault led a “listening session” with black leaders on behalf of Donald Trump as Trump’s transition team prepares to move into the White House in just over two weeks.
According to CNN, Omarosa led the meeting of around 100 leaders, from NAACP and church leaders to sorority and fraternity leaders.
“[It] could be a great start,” Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP Washington Bureau director and senior vice president for advocacy and policy, told CNN of the “listening session.”
“We want to see them move on issues that are important to the communities that we serve,” she added. “We want to make sure they recognize who we are and the conditions are communities are in.”
“The presidential administration has an awful lot of power. They can decide to wield that power. What happens at this point is in the hands of the administration.”
Bishop Harry Jackson, a conservative evangelical leader, also praised Trump for his “openness” in connecting with African-American leaders.
“You have an outsider and an outside team. They’re not going to do business as usual, they don’t even know how to spell business as usual. For that reason, I’m optimistic,” he said.