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President Trump gave a shout out to prominent black figures of the past and present during his weekly address on Saturday, celebrating the close of Black History Month.

Trump talked about his visit this week to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., which he visited with his nominee to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson.

“I left that museum confident that together, America can overcome any challenge,” he said.

Using a quote from boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Trump said black leaders of the past, like Ali, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King “shook up the world” for the better for their roles in the fight for civil rights. Trump’s mention of Douglass follows a reference to comments the president made at a recent Black History month event that some took to mean he thought the abolitionist from the 1800s was still alive.

Trump said being able to visit the museum’s Carson exhibit with Carson himself, who is black, and his family, “was very special.”

“I am proud that soon he will serve in my Cabinet as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development,” Trump said. “HUD has a very, very powerful meaning far beyond housing. It is about transforming our communities. About bringing back hope. And Ben will do a fantastic job.”

Carson, a former neurosurgeon, faces a confirmation vote in the Senate for the Cabinet position after passing the Senate Banking Committee by a unanimous vote.



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