Carson says arguing over Trump's claim that he's best president for African Americans since Lincoln 'is not productive'

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCarson calls for local leaders to 'condemn vandalization of statues,' 'dismantle autonomous zones' Ben Carson to read stories for children at home amid the coronavirus pandemic Melania Trump reads 'All Different Now' by Angela Johnson to mark Juneteenth MORE said Sunday that arguing over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' MORE’s claim that he’s the best president for African Americans since former President Lincoln “is not productive.”

ABC “This Week” host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosCDC won't revise school opening guidelines after Trump criticism Pelosi: Nationwide mask mandate 'definitely long overdue' ABC News to air Bolton interview shortly before White House memoir release MORE asked Carson whether he stands by the president’s claim in a Thursday Fox News interview that he's “done more for the black community than any other president” besides Lincoln. 

Carson responded by citing some of the administration's accomplishments, including promoting opportunity zones, prison reform, and regular and increased funding for historically black colleges and universities.

“To get into an argument about who’s done the most probably is not productive, but it is good to acknowledge the things that have been done,” he said. 

Stephanopoulos pushed the secretary, asking if Trump should "stop making that comparison." The ABC host noted that other presidents have also taken steps to benefit the black community, including former President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act and former President Eisenhower sending troops to enforce the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

“All of which is a significant part of our history,” Carson responded. “And that's an important thing for us to acknowledge, what has happened in the past. And, you know, we should be willing to look at what we've done together collectively to make progress.”