President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Monday made a previously unannounced visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C., as the country commemorates the civil rights leader’s birthday.
Trump had no public events on his official White House schedule. However, the president departed the White House just after 11 a.m. for the memorial, where he laid a wreath.
“Good morning, everybody. Great day. Beautiful day. Thank you for being here. Appreciate it,” Trump told assembled reporters.
The president and vice president, who were joined by Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, spent roughly two minutes at the site before returning to the White House.
In addition to visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, Trump also marked King’s birthday with a tweet and presidential proclamation.
“Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God,” he tweeted.
In his proclamation, Trump noted that in the past two years, more than 5 million new jobs have been added and unemployment rates for African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Americans without a high school diploma reached record lows.
He also noted signing the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill, last year.
“More than half a century after Dr. King’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, our Nation is mindful of its past, and we look forward to the future with unwavering optimism, inspired by the legacy of Dr. King and informed by his wisdom and vision,” the proclamation read. “May the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the efforts we have made to fully effectuate his dream, remind us that faith and love unite us together as one great American family.”
Author: Melissa Quinn
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