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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 CarsonBen CarsonTrump's '1776 Report' released on MLK Day receives heavy backlash Biden has an opportunity to win over conservative Christians Ben Carson dismisses 25th Amendment talk: 'As a nation we need to heal' MORE said Sunday that arguing over President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report 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 StephanopoulosOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Biden spokesperson: Inauguration at Capitol will demonstrate 'resilience of American democracy' Newly sworn-in GOP lawmaker says he may have ended career by voting to impeach Trump 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.”