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President Trump visits D.C.'s African American History museum

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture, calling it a “beautiful tribute” to “really incredible heroes” throughout American history.

“I’m deeply proud that we now have a museum that honors the millions of African American men and women who built our national heritage, especially when it comes to faith, culture and the unbreakable American spirit,” he said in brief remarks after the tour, referencing African American figures like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Rosa Parks.

The president also called anti-Semitic threats being made around the country “horrible” and “painful” and “a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

Mr. Trump was accompanied by his daughter Ivanka; Housing and Urban Development nominee Ben Carson and his wife; Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina); Alveda Celeste King; Lonnie Bunch, the museum’s director; and David Skorton, secretary of the Smithsonian.

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President Donald Trump talks with the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution David Skorton (L) and historian Lonnie Bunch (R), director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, while visiting the museum on February 21, 2017.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

He also praised an exhibit about Ben Carson.

“They’ve done an incredible job -- and now we see the Ben Carson exhibit which is exciting to me,” the president said to the pool reporters. 

Asked whether he also plans to visit the Holocaust Museum, Mr. Trump replied, “I will do it soon,” and added that it’s “very important to me.”

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