Tim Scott: Trump has taken steps 'to move us in a better direction' since Charlottesville

Tim Scott: Trump has taken steps 'to move us in a better direction' since Charlottesville
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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) on Sunday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE has taken steps to “move us in a better direction” since his controversial comments following a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Scott said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Trump has helped address issues of race by meeting with black pastors and business leaders, supporting legislation to reduce prisoner recidivism rates and creating “Opportunity Zones,” a provision in the tax bill Trump signed last year that creates investments in areas with high poverty rates. 

“Opportunity zones was certainly my number one ask,” Scott said. “He said yes, so that's good news.”

Scott also credited Trump for low unemployment rates among African-Americans.

The Republican senator's comments come about a year after he criticized Trump for his response to the "Unite the Right" rally, where white supremacists clashed with counterprotesters. Trump initially blamed "both sides" for the violence, which left one person dead: Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counterprotester.

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After Trump made those comments, Scott told Vice News that Trump had “compromised” his “moral authority.”

“I’m not going to defend the indefensible,” Scott said at the time.