Omarosa Manigault, President Trump’s “liaison” to the Black community, says that Black leaders aren’t doing enough to engage with the White House.
Associated Press reports:
The White House aide delivered the pointed message in an interview with The Associated Press in advance of an appearance Thursday at the annual convention of an activist organization founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton.
“We’re here waiting, willing to work with the community,” Manigault said when asked about Trump’s moves to slash programs that benefit minorities. “This president wants to engage. It’s not a one-way street.”
She insisted she’s spent her first 100 days in Washington fighting for the black community. She noted that Trump has met personally with the Congressional Black Caucus and the presidents of historically black colleges and universities.
Manigault called on black leaders to help the struggling institutions as well.
Of course, her statements were met with opposition immediately. Especially by Sharpton who brought up Trump‘s budget cuts that directly affect people of color.
“I wish the president would respect us,” said Sharpton, mentioning Trump’s prior efforts to engage with Black people as mere photo ops. “We, as blacks and women, are in the first 100 days seeing a disaster in Washington, D.C.”