From: "Bolen, Cheryl"
Date: February 27, 2020 at 6:39:04 PM EST
Subject: In-town pool report #5 - excerpts
The White House sends the following:
Excerpts from President Donald J. Trump’s remarks at African American History Month Reception (as prepared)
The First Lady and I are thrilled to welcome you to the White House as we proudly celebrate African-American History Month!
In every generation, African Americans have enriched our culture, deepened our faith, strengthened our communities, sustained our values, raised up our conscience, and called our nation to greatness.
Throughout our history, African-American citizens have battled for equality, justice, and liberty—we revere freedom fighters like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Thurgood Marshall.
In every field, every generation, and every calling, African-Americans have lifted up our nation to new heights – and, like all citizens, you are entitled to a government that puts your needs, your interests, and your families FIRST.
African-American unemployment has reached an all-time low. African American YOUTH unemployment has reached a record low. The African American poverty rate has plummeted to the lowest rate in history. Wages for African-American workers have increased by $2,400 per year.
My administration is fighting for great jobs, great schools, great healthcare, and a truly great future for African-Americans and ALL Americans.
We signed legislation that achieved PERMANENT funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I have called on Congress to give every child a chance to attend a great school of their CHOICE.
Our historic tax cuts created nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones to promote investment in distressed and forgotten neighborhoods. I signed Criminal Justice Reform into law—helping former prisoners get a second chance at life.
I will not rest, I will not stop, I will not give up, until we have delivered equal and abundant opportunity to every neighborhood across our land.
White House Correspondent