Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson defended President Donald Trump against allegations that his political views contributed to the horrific mosque shootings in New Zealand.
During an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Carson explained that the president is sensitive to racial issues even if he doesn’t “wear it on his sleeve.”
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“I’ve had an opportunity to interact with racist people throughout my life, and [Trump] is not one. He is so easy to be around and so relaxed and treats you with the utmost respect. And, you know, I talked with him early on about the plight of many people, particularly in the inner city, and the compassion that he showed is very impressive. But, you know, he doesn’t wear it on his sleeve. You know, he believes that a rising tide lifts all boats, and he doesn’t go around playing identity politics. He says, ‘Let’s just fix this so that everybody does well.'”
Carson noted that Trump has been using HUD to invest in cities where workers are struggling, including New York City. In January, Carson’s team took over the public housing situation in New York City to help clean up housing units that had long since fallen behind on repairs and upkeep.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio complemented Carson’s efforts to improve the situation. De Blasio explained that federal assistance would lead to “real changes” in the city’s public housing.
In addition to the work of HUD as a whole, the president also championed an executive order that aims to encourage economic investment in inner city “opportunity zones,” as IJR previously reported.
Trump claimed that the executive order would ensure that the economic gains the U.S. has seen under his presidency are witnessed in all corners of the country, not just wealthy areas. He claimed the “opportunity zones” would encourage investment to “rebuild low-income and impoverished neighborhoods that have been ignored by Washington in years past.”
As IJR previously reported, several people were quick to tie the horrific mosque shootings to Trump after the alleged gunman, who has been reported to be a white supremacist, named the president in his manifesto. While some tried to blame the president for the attack, many others came to his defense against the allegations of white supremacy and Islamophobia.