Trump Meets With Black Pastors As Left Freaks Out Over His Criticism of Al Sharpton

As the left continued to freak out over Donald Trump’s criticism of Al Sharpton on Monday, the president met with African-American pastors and black community leaders.

Trump said he was “looking forward” to the meeting on Twitter. No reporters were invited.

After the meeting, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, Alveda King, and Pastor Bill Owens spoke to the media at the White House.

King told reporters who inquired about the meeting that she had a picture of Al Sharpton and also Rev. Jesse Jackson with Trump.

‘When Your Friends Lie, Who Needs Enemies?’

“At one time in their lives, they highly regarded the president,” King said. “And, so I’m thinking about a scripture: If it had been my enemy, I could have understood, I could have known what to do, but you were my friends and my brothers.”

King tweeted out a picture of her and Sharpton and also her and Trump after the meeting

“When your friends lie, who needs enemies?” she asked.


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King, both a civil rights and pro-life activist, said she would continue her cordial relationship with the president and pray with him about the state of the country.

“The babies in the womb, the sick and poor and elderly are being blessed. We have an opportunity to continue to be blessed, and we have a president’s whose listening,” King told the media. “And I was glad to pray with him today.”

‘Hard to Believe’ Trump is Racist

The president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, Bill Owens, said he found it “hard to believe” that the president was racist, after speaking with Trump for about two hours about issues affecting the black community .

“This country needs healing,” Owens said. “There’s so much division in America along racial lines.”

When asked if he thought Trump stoking racism by using words like “infestation” to describe Baltimore, Owens replied, “Well, those are his words. I don’t want to second-guess what he says, because I hear a lot of things.”

“I see also people pandering to black people, to get them on board with some of their agenda,” Owens added.

Agendas indeed. Sharpton, as Trump noted in his Monday tweet, had previously had a friendly relationship with the president for many years.

“Al Sharpton would always ask me to go to his events,” Trump wrote. “He would say, “it’s a personal favor to me.” Seldom, but sometimes, I would go. It was fine. He came to my office in T.T. during the presidential campaign to apologize for the way he was talking about me. Just a conman at work!”

The media will no doubt continue to play up the friction between the president and Al Sharpton. But will they acknowledge that black pastors and community leaders not only met with Donald Trump on the same day, but also said basically the same thing about the “Reverend” Sharpton?

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