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President Talks With Tim Scott So White House Can Say ‘Trump Remains Committed to Positive Race Relations’

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‘Restoration’ of Trump’s ‘Moral Authority Will Be Based on America’s Reaction’

The only Black Republican U.S. Senator for months has been asking President Trump to talk with him about race relations. Senator Tim Scott, after months of refusals, finally got his chance when the White House agreed, and the two talked Wednesday afternoon. The White House was interested in the president speaking with the Republican from South Carolina after Sen. Scott chastised Trump over his comments after the Charlottesville violence.

It is not known how long the conversation lasted. 

“We discussed everything from legislative remedies for those living in poverty, to the incident in Charlottesville, to some of the other issues that are important — diversifying staff,” Senator Scott told USA Today.

Scott also told reporters afterward that he was “encouraged” by the conversation and said “it was nice” President Trump “was very much listening and he had spent some time thinking about those comments and responded in fashion with what he thought was a better frame for his comments.”

After Trump’s horrific Charlottesville remarks, Sen. Scott last month said the president’s “moral authority” had been “compromised” by them.

“The restoration of moral authority will be based on America’s reaction,” Scott said Wednesday after talking with Trump, Bloomberg reports. “And that will take time.”

Scott also appears to have given a history lesson to Trump. 

“I shared my thought of the last three centuries of challenges from white supremacists, white nationalists, the KKK, neo-Nazis. So there’s no way to find equilibrium when you have three centuries of history versus the situation that’s occurring today,

But he also appeared to cover for the Republican president.

The Hill reports that “pressed if Trump specifically expressed regret for how he handled Charlottesville, Scott said Trump tried ‘to explain what he was trying to convey.'”

“We certainly revisited the comments just to start the conversation with great clarity on the importance of why we were meeting,” Scott added.

Meanwhile, the White House released a statement, at one point calling Senator Tim Scott “Tom,” along with the above photo.

The statement says the two “met today to discuss the Administration’s relationship with the African American community, the bipartisan issue of improving race relations, and creating a more unified country.”

“President Trump remains committed to positive race relations and looks forward to continuing the dialogue with Senator Scott, the African American community, and leaders from diverse communities across the country, all of which have a wealth of perspectives and experiences with respect to this issue.”

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'THIS REVELATION SHOCKED ME'

‘Could Have Killed One of Our Colleagues’: Former Trump Official Rips Him for Hiding Positive COVID Test

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Former Trump White House official Alyssa Farah on Wednesday shredded her one-time boss for concealing his positive test for the novel coronavirus last fall.

Appearing on CNN, Farah told Jake Tapper that she was stunned to learn from former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows that Trump had tested positive for the virus days ahead of his first debate with President Joe Biden and decided against informing his staff members.

“Very few things shock me and this revelation shocked me,” she said.

Farah went on to explain that she had not been informed of Trump’s positive COVID-19 test, and accused the former president of recklessly endangering his own staff members.

“This demonstrates a flagrant lack of regard for public health and for the well-being of others,” she said. “At this time in the White House, I had staffers who were pregnant. I had one who is a multi-time cancer survivor. Plenty of people in the West Wing over 65. We could have killed one of our colleagues and instead they decided to not tell anyone, putting every one of us at risk.”

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'CLARIFYING THINGS'

Mark Meadows Retweets Trump’s Denial He Tested Positive for COVID Before Debate – a Fact That Appears in Meadows’ Book

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Less than 24 hours after former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appeared to agree to cooperate with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, news broke that The Guardian had obtained a copy of his new book, and from it the revelation that three days before appearing on stage with Joe Biden at the Sept. 26 presidential debate the then-president, Donald Trump, had tested positive for coronavirus.

Never mind that a second test showed a negative result – one Harvard epidemiologist says that merely meant Trump was not yet infectious but he was, by the debate, “blazing positive” but decided to go on a potentially infect countless others. That act, the noted disease specialist and professors says, “was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision.”

Trump, as usual, especially in recent days, issued a quick statement via his spokesperson, this time denying the revelation in Meadows’ book, a revelation The Washington Post Wednesday afternoon reported it had confirmed with two other former Trump aides.

What is stunning is that, as Politico National Political Correspondent Meridith McGraw notes, Meadows himself retweeted Trump’s statement of denial:

The Washington Post also notes that at least six people close to Trump tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the debate, including Melania Trump, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, and Kayleigh McEnany.

“Trump on Wednesday was furious that Meadows revealed the anecdote in his forthcoming book and that it was published via the liberal-leaning Guardian website, according to a person familiar with the former president’s reaction, who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation,” the Post adds. “Meadows through an emissary has offered to put out a statement ‘clarifying things,’ but that offer was rejected, the person said.”

Which is likely why he decided to retweet Trump’s statement.

Writer and political activist Don Winslow has another take on the day’s events:

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Watch: Stacey Abrams Announces She’s Running for Governor of Georgia

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Stacey Abrams has just announced she is running for governor of Georgia. Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives for more than six years ran for governor in 2018, losing by a slim margin to then Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a race many saw as tainted by his voter suppression actions.

Abrams went on to become a highly-effective voting rights advocate and activist, and many credit her with helping elect Joe Biden president by helping him win the state by registering an estimated 800,000 more voters.

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