Rev. Bill Owens, president of the coalition of African-American pastors, defended President Trump for his attack on the city of Baltimore in an interview Monday night with CNN’s Don Lemon. Owens contended Trump’s comments about Baltimore should not be considered racist because the president attacks people of all colors.
Trump met with a group of inner-city pastors Monday at the White House including Rev. Owens. Lemon asked Owens if he believed the president used the meeting as a shield against accusations of racism. “So the president tweeted today he was looking forward to his meeting with wonderful inner-city pastors.
Any concern for you that the president used this meeting with black leaders to insulate himself from the criticism?” Lemon asked. “I don’t think so,” Rev. Owens replied. “I don’t think that at all because I have been to the White House four times in five months. There was nothing about insulating from anything. He wanted to hear from us, what our concerns were and what he could do to help us.”