Trump broke from his fake news screed to praise black Americans who "made America what it is today".
It's pretty obvious that Donald Trump does not know why Frederick Douglass is an important figure in American history. Then he talks about Martin Luther King Jr. mostly to remind the world yet again that the civil rights icon's statue is still in his office.
The room full of press and supporters seemed to laugh at every comment made by Trump until he said, "I don't like watching fake news", which didn't draw much of a reaction.
The president further praised the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as abolition movement leader Frederick Douglass, whom Trump called "an example of somebody who's done an unbelievable job".
He, however, took another jab at the media before ending his remarks. "I hope that by the end of the month, students will have learned at least one new thing about their history, other races included, because black history is history".
The president quickly added, apropos of nothing, "Fox has treated me very nice".
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"It's a great idea because Chicago is totally out of control", President Trump said. As President Trump goes through his first 100 days, he can't leave anything as it is, not even Black History Month.
"Families who have moved here ... they've had children and they're growing up and going to school and they're members of the community here", he said. Some people like Malcolm X, but you put an X in your name and that's bad judgment. Carson nodded along in agreement as Trump reiterated his law-and-order stance on policing, and promised to make black communities safer via law enforcement.
"I am very proud now that we have a museum at the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things", he said.
The Late Show host skewered Trump's performance of being flanked by Dr. Ben Carson and Omarosa Manigault - "The two black people he knows", quipped Colbert - and the fact that he invoked the saga of the missing MLK bust. Right now it's awful.