Conservative former NFL player says Trump met with him to discuss 'black America'

Former NFL player and conservative commentator Jack Brewer said that he privately met with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE last week to discuss “black America.”

Brewer, an African American who is a frequent guest on Fox News, told ABC News that he met with the president at his Bedminster, N.J., golf course over the weekend. Their talk came amid a chaotic week in which Trump told a group of minority congresswomen to "go back" to the "crime infested places" they came from. 


Brewer said that his goal was to "calm this wave" of tension between the black community and Trump's administration. He said that his agenda during their discussion was criminal justice reform and how it's affecting African Americans. 

The two did not address Trump's recent attacks against the four minority Democratic lawmakers. 

"I came to talk about what's been done. Thousands of black families have their dads now," Brewer said, referring to an announcement that 3,100 inmates have been released under the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill that was signed into law last year. "I was focused on discussing issues that are making a real impact for black families in America. Period."

Brewer added to ABC News that it "felt good hearing [Trump's] passion."

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. 

Brewer, who played in the NFL for five seasons, now works as a philanthropist. In addition to his commentary on Fox News, he also writes columns for the conservative site Newsmax. Earlier this month, he wrote a piece titled "4 Ways Trump Has Done More For African Americans Than Barack Obama." 

Trump sparked an uproar last week after telling four freshman House Democrats — Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarAl Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles Republicans disavow GOP candidate who said 'we should hang' Omar Hillicon Valley: Trump officials propose retaliatory tariffs over French digital tax | FBI classifies FaceApp as threat | Twitter revamps policies to comply with privacy laws | Zuckerberg defends political ads policy MORE (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez on food assistance cuts: 'If this happened then, we might've just starved' Youth climate activists grade top 2020 Democrats on Green New Deal commitment Sanders to join youth climate strikers in Iowa MORE (N.Y), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAl Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles Warren adds Ayanna Pressley as campaign co-chair Warren speech in Georgia interrupted by pro-charter school protesters MORE (Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians GOP leader says he had 'a hard time' believing Pelosi Al Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles MORE (Mich.) — to "go back" to where they came from before speaking out about U.S. policies. All four women are U.S. citizens, and all but Omar were born in this country.

The House voted to condemn the remarks as racist. Four Republicans, as well as Independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan On The Money: Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown | Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats | House passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading Amash: Democrats missed opportunity in hearing to 'persuade people' on Trump impeachment MORE (Mich.), voted with every Democrat to approve the resolution.