Trump Tim Scott 9-13

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) was highly critical of Donald Trump in the wake of the Charlottesville unrest last month, saying that his comments were “indefensible” and that the president's “moral authority is compromised.”

Normally Trump would respond to such criticism by avoiding eye contact with the person making it. But in Scott's case, he agreed to meet with the Senate's only African-American on Wednesday morning and have a conversation about why his comments fell far, far short of the standard the country sets for its president.

Or not. Here is how press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders handled a question about the meeting at the daily press briefing:

Q: Just to follow up to the president's meeting that he had with Senator Scott this morning — after the President's response to that white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Senator Scott said that President Trump's moral authority was compromised. In terms of the conversation that they had, does the president understand what troubled Senator Scott, in regards to his response?

SANDERS: They had a very open and honest conversation, and committed to continuing those conversations and making sure that today was just the first step of many of those meetings where I think that will be an ongoing process and ongoing conversation that they have.

Buried in all that gibberish is a solid “No.” Donald Trump is not a man known for self-reflection. What are the chances he changes now?

The White House also released a statement and photo of the meeting. From this, we learned a couple of things:

  • Senator Scott's sock game is on point.
  • The president seems to be wearing a navy blazer with black pants, which is a major fashion faux pas.
  • The White House, as you can see by the text in the red box, really needed someone to proofread this email before sending it out.

Oh well.

Watch a video of Sanders's question-and-answer below.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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