Donald Trump Meets with 20 Inner City Pastors at the White House After Incendiary Baltimore Tweets

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 29: Alveda King (2R), niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaks to the media following a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and other faith-based inner-city leaders at the White House on July 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump has again been labeled a racist after launching a Twitter attack on Rep. Elijah Cummings and the district he represents say that Baltimore is, “disgusting, rat- and rodent-infested”. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Dr. Alveda King and Bill Owens, president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, answered reporters’ questions after meeting with President Donald Trump Monday at the White House.

Facing growing accusations of racism for his incendiary tweets, President Donald Trump lashed out at his critics Monday and sought to deflect the criticism by labeling Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, as a racist. He also expanded his attacks on the Rev. Al Sharpton, a prominent Cummings defender, who held a press conference in Baltimore to condemn the president.

“I have known Al for 25 years. Went to fights with him & Don King, always got along well. He ‘loved Trump!,’ the president wrote. “He would ask me for favors often. Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. Just doing his thing. Must have intimidated Comcast/NBC. Hates Whites & Cops!”

Trump convened what he called a group of “wonderful inner city Pastors” for an unannounced closed-door meeting to discuss the issues facing the black community Monday.

“This country needs healing. There’s so much division in America along racial lines,” said Bill Owens, president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, who said he was among about 20 pastors who had met with the president.

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SOURCE: CBN News, Steve Warren