Trump to to talk race with GOP senator after Charlottesville: report

Trump to to talk race with GOP senator after Charlottesville: report
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President Trump will reportedly meet next week with Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs Congress should prioritize diversity so government reflects Americans MORE (R-S.C.), the only African-American GOP senator, to talk about race issues impacting the U.S.

The two are scheduled to meet Wednesday for a one-on-one meeting, Axios reported.

Scott suggested the meeting following a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last month and the backlash Trump faced for his response.


"What the president should do before he says something, is to sit down, and become better acquainted, have a personal connection to the painful history of racism and bigotry of this country," Scott said in August. 

In the aftermath of the violent clashes that led to the death of one counterprotester, Scott chided Trump for saying there was blame on both sides of the violence, saying it will be difficult for the president to lead if his "moral authority" is compromised.

"The reality of it is this nation responds to moral authority when we believe that our president has the entire nation's best interests at heart," Scott said.

Scott reportedly reached out about having the meeting with Trump ahead of the Charlottesville controversy, according to Axios.

During the conversation next week, he plans to tell Trump how he feels about his response to the Charlottesville rally and to relay his own life story in a "very personal" way. He reportedly hopes to spur a conversation in the White House about problems in the country, including those affecting historically black colleges and universities.