A group of predominately black pastors speak with Trump

A group of predominately black pastors speak with Trump

President Donald Trump met with a group of predominantly black pastors at the White House Monday as he continued to criticize one of the more prominent African American members of Congress and the city he represents. 

Along with Vice President Mike Pence, Trump met with a group of about 20 clergy as they discussed the progress the administration is making on a number of issues impacting inner cities such as employment, criminal justice, prison re-entry and opportunity zone initiatives. 

The meeting comes almost a year after Trump met with a group of inner-city pastors last August to discuss similar issues to help their communities.

Monday’s meeting included: Maryland Bishop Harry Jackson, a social conservative who pastors Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland; Bishop Darrell Hines of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; pastor and gospel singer Marvin Winans Jr.; Pastor Bill Winston of Living Word Christian Center in Illinois; the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and Trump supporter, Alveda King; Las Vegas Pastor Benny Perez; and the Rev. Bill Owens, founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors. 

Photos of the meeting posted to Pence’s official @VP Twitter account and later removed show that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson also participated in the meeting. Pence’s account later posted another tweet without photos that called the meeting “productive.”

“These Pastors have put their faith to work in their own communities, revitalizing inner cities and delivering positive results while working with President @realDonaldTrump on so many important initiatives,” Pence’s tweet reads. 

According to Jackson, the meeting was a follow-up to the White House meeting with inner-city pastors Trump held last year, many of whom were also in attendance for Monday’s meeting. Many pastors who attended the meeting last year received criticism for their decision to participate from those in the African American community who oppose Trump. 

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July 31st, 2019

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