Steve Harvey: My wife told me not to meet with Trump, I should have listened
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Comedian Steve Harvey said he ultimately regrets his decision to meet with President Trump, saying he should have listened to his wife's advice not to attend the meeting.

"Here's the crazy thing: I'm supposed to be on a boat for my 60th birthday, so my wife says, 'Steve, just take off [and skip the meeting]. You'll meet with him some other time.' God, I should've listened," Harvey told The Hollywood Reporter.

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Harvey, who interviewed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWill the Horowitz report split the baby? Gabbard commemorates John Lennon's passing by singing 'Imagine' Bannon: Clinton waiting to enter 2020 race and 'save the Democratic Party from Michael Bloomberg' MORE during the campaign, met with Trump in January at Trump Tower before his inauguration. 

Former President Obama's transition team facilitated Harvey meeting with Trump, according to the comedian. 

The two television stars discussed urban communities, and even chatted with Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon Carson'Housing First' approach won't solve homelessness crisis Clarence Thomas blasts his Biden-led confirmation hearings: 'The idea was to get rid of me' Affordable housing crisis demands urgent, sustained action MORE, Trump's pick for secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

However, Harvey received intense backlash for meeting with Trump. 

"It was so vicious that it really threw me. I was being called names that I've never been called: Uncle Tom. A coon. A sellout. Because I went to see this man?! Which only happened because my business partner got a call from the Obama transition team, who said that the Trump transition team would like to set up a meeting," he said. 

Harvey said he and Trump have not been in contact since the meeting.