President Trump holds White House event for Black History Month

On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump held a White House event to mark the beginning of Black History Month.

“During this month, we honor the tremendous history of African-Americans throughout our country,” President Trump said during the event.

He went on to name several historic figures in African-American history, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman, noting that “they said the statue, the bust of Martin Luther King, was taken out of the office. And it was never even touched. So I think it was a disgrace, but that’s the way the press is. Very unfortunate.”

He then turned his focus to African-Americans he had worked with that he described as “black Americans who made America what it is today.”

“If you remember I wasn’t going to do well with the African-American community, and after they heard me speaking and talking about the inner city and lots of other things, we ended up getting—and I won’t go into details—but we ended up getting substantially more than other candidates who had run in the past years. And now we’re gonna take that to new levels,” Trump added.

The president went on to thank others in the room who currently work in his cabinet.

“I want to thank Ben Carson, who’s gonna be heading up HUD. That’s a big job. That’s a job that’s not only housing, but it’s mind and spirit. Right, Ben? And you understand, nobody’s gonna be better than Ben.”

“Darrell—I met Darrell when he was defending me on television. And the people that were on the other side of the argument didn’t have a chance, right? And Paris has done an amazing job in a very hostile CNN community,” he later added.

Trump was also sure to thank his longtime friend and “Apprentice” co-star Omarosa Manigault in particular, saying, “Omarosa’s actually a very nice person, nobody knows that. I don’t want to destroy her reputation but she’s a very good person, and she’s been helpful right from the beginning of the campaign, and I appreciate it. I really do. Very special.”