Steve Harvey Explains His Meeting With Donald Trump

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TV host Steve Harvey was the latest celebrity to drop in for a meeting at Trump Tower on Friday. And now he’s explaining what it was all about.

“Our president (Obama) asked that all of us sit down and talk to one another in order to move our country forward,” the host of Family Feud and The Steve Harvey Show noted in a statement posted to Twitter. “The transition teams on both sides asked me to meet and I’m glad I did.”

Harvey said that Trump “immediately got (HUD secretary nominee) Dr. Ben Carson on the phone to begin dialog in looking for programs and housing to help our inner cities.” He added that the president-elect “seems very open to my mentoring efforts across the country.”

He added, “I walked away feeling like I had just talked with a man who genuinely wants to make a difference in this area. I feel that something really great could come out of this.”

Harvey’s bottom line? “I would sit with him anytime.”

Harvey, who has been weathering a blowback over racial comments about Asian men on his talk show, told reporters after the meeting, “They’re kind of beating me up on the Internet right now for no reason, but that’s life, isn’t it?” (That situation is not likely to improve dramatically after Friday’s meeting.)

Meanwhile, Carson appeared before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Thursday. Like many of Trump’s cabinet picks, he’s been critical of the agency he hopes to lead.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jayme Deerwester