Trump: ‘The world’s not ready for a black president’
The White House is using its biggest moment to make a plea for more diversity at the White House, while also laying out plans for a post-election effort to address institutional racism.
“America will not be a perfect country, but it is a beacon of hope, a beacon to people everywhere that there is hope, that there are people who care, that people are fighting for what they believe in, that we can all live up to the American ideals,” President Donald Trump said in a speech on Tuesday.
The president, who has faced a barrage of criticism for his handling of the protests that rocked the country in November, made the case for a more inclusive White House and called for more people of color to join the ranks of federal employees and civil servants.
“I am deeply honored to be asked to be a part of this important moment, but I know it will not go unnoticed,” Trump said.
“The world is not ready.
And so much of what we are seeing in our country right now is the result of a very, very small minority of people, particularly Black and brown and Hispanic people.”
Trump’s remarks were part of a larger theme of the day, where the president also used his weekly address to lay out plans to address the nation’s racial inequities and to call for a renewed focus on racial justice.
The speech, his first since the inauguration, included a call for more Black and Brown and Hispanic leaders to step forward, and he also said he was calling on Congress to do so, as well as to use its power to reverse some of the gains made by Black and Latino communities during the Obama administration.
The White House has long sought to increase representation of minorities in government, and in the past few months, the president has made more frequent visits to historically Black colleges and universities and met with leaders from minority-majority states to discuss the issues facing their communities.
But Trump also addressed a number of issues, including the rise of the opioid epidemic and a spike in homicides and shootings in the United States.
He has also made it clear he wants to make good on his promise to crack down on the crime wave in his first 100 days in office.
Trump said that “in the long run” it is time for the country to take on the opioid crisis, but he acknowledged that it is not a “silver bullet.”
“I know the opioid is a very complex problem and we are going to have to work hard to overcome it, but we are not going to succeed in making it go away,” Trump told the audience.
“It will have to be worked on, and it is going to take a lot of work.”
The opioid crisis has taken a toll on the lives of Americans.
According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 735,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2016, up from 604,000 in 2015.
But the epidemic has also been blamed on the criminal justice system and police brutality.
The opioid epidemic has forced many people to turn to illicit drugs to alleviate their pain and the death toll has soared.
Nearly 500,000 people died of opioid-related overdoses in 2015, according to data from Purdue Pharma.
The drug war has also resulted in a steep increase in police killings and the deaths of young Black men, who make up about 10 percent of the country’s population.
The Trump administration has faced growing criticism for its response to the opioid and police violence crises, and Trump has been criticized for his failure to hold accountable those who committed the violence.
The administration has also faced criticism for a decision to remove thousands of federal government workers from their positions over the last few weeks, a move that has angered many civil rights leaders.