Trump campaign aide says president 'a compassionate man' and 'not a racist'

Trump campaign aide says president 'a compassionate man' and 'not a racist'

A former White House aide on Sunday cited the positive impacts she said President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE's policies have had on people of color while defending his record on race amid controversy about his attacks on four minority congresswomen.

“I have worked with President Trump for two years and he is not a racist. He's a compassionate man whose policies have focused on the minority community,” Mercedes Schlapp, a campaign aide who served as White House Director of Strategic Communications for almost two years, told ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBooker on Harris dropping out: 'Iowa voters should have the right to choose' Judiciary Democrat says House should focus on Ukraine, avoid Mueller report in articles of impeachment Impeachment can't wait MORE.

 

 

“You look at the fact that the unemployment numbers for African American is at its lowest, for Hispanics at its lowest. I mean, he is a results-oriented president who is focused on uplifting all Americans, including blacks, including Hispanics,” she added.

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Trump has taken heat from Democrats in the past week over tweets telling the four progressive representatives – Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump tweet mocking Greta Thunberg sparks backlash The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Tucker Carlson as 'white supremacist sympathizer' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair MORE (D-Mass.) – to “go back” to other countries. All four are U.S. citizens and all but Omar were born in the U.S.

Trump and the White House have frequently invoked the low African American unemployment rate in response to accusations of racism, as well as his signing of bipartisan criminal justice reform in 2018.