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Andrew Young: Trump Caught in a Trap, He's Still Politicking'

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By    |   Sunday, 20 August 2017 12:06 PM

Civil rights leader Andrew Young says he admires President Donald Trump's family — and hopes he'll embrace the whole nation in the same way.

In an interview aired Sunday on NBC News' "Meet The Press," the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Jimmy Carter and Atlanta mayor called the aftermath of violence in Charlottesville, Va., "a week of misunderstandings."

"I think [Trump is] caught in a trap," he said. "The trap is that he still politicking and thinking nationally, as a nationalist… But the problem we have is that we're not living in a nationalist environment, and that's also his problem personally… His business is in a global economy and he's trying to run the country from a national economy."

Young said there were no "easy answers" to the divisive issues roiling the nation, but declared: "I tell you what, I admire his family, and I think that the thing that the president has to do is think of the American people, all of us, as his family."

"And I try to think of him as a potential leader not only of the United States of America, but a leader of the free world and of the enslaved world."

Young also condemned anti-racism protesters who believe violence is justified.

"From 4 years old I was always taught — my father used to tap me in the face to try to get me upset," he said. "If I swung back at him, he'd slap me upside my head. He'd say, 'See, if you start getting emotional in a fight, you're going to lose the fight. Don't get mad, get smart.'

"And that's served me well."

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