Sen. Tim Scott said Wednesday that President Donald Trump asked him to help improve race relations after his "harsh comments" for the president following the Charlottesville, Virginia violence.
"I was very candid about my displeasure… he invited me into the Oval Office after my criticism, and I found something quite surprising happening in that Oval Office," Scott said on CNN's "New Day," The Daily Caller reported.
"He said, 'We're not on the same page on the history of race relations in this country. Help me find the way forward.' So I started talking about legislative remedies that would help poor kids from poor communities like the ones I grew up in," Scott said.
That talk led to bipartisan legislation, the Investing in Opportunity Act, Scott said.
"The rhetoric cannot be helpful, it can be indefensible at times but the challenge I laid on the president's desk was to help me find a path forward," he continued, "and legislatively you have to concede that that legislation, as well as now-record low unemployment in communities of color, are helpful targets from a public policy standpoint."
"But we still have to wrestle with the rhetoric that can sometimes be hurtful," the senator added.
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