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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 StephanopoulosBret Baier calls out Trump for lashing out at Fox News polls: 'Fox has not changed' Trump allies defend attacks on Cummings amid Democratic denunciations De Blasio: Democratic debates should address 'why did we lose and what do we do differently' 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez blasts Electoral College as a 'scam' Trump slams Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban: I don't buy her tears Scaramucci calls on GOP to save country from Trump 'depredations' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMaher hits back at Tlaib: Does she 'want to boycott 93 percent of her own party?' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' Trump ramps up attacks on Tlaib MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMaher hits back at Tlaib: Does she 'want to boycott 93 percent of her own party?' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' Trump ramps up attacks on Tlaib MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna Pressley'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' Trump ramps up attacks on Tlaib Trump slams Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban: I don't buy her tears 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.