(1929-1968) was planned long before the controversy arose over Trump's remark, and came just before the annual holiday celebrated in the U.S. in King's honour, which this year would be next Monday.
The comments stood in jarring contrast to the president's previous remarks made to members of Congress during an immigration meeting Thursday, when he asked why the US accepts people from "sh*thole countries".
Naturally, many weren't pleased to see the reality TV star-turned-politician commemorate a holiday honoring a champion of civil rights like Dr. King, after such overtly racist comments against Black and brown people. Virtually all other focus in Washington has been set aside, amid the fallout from those remarks. It's what we preach in our houses of worship.
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On Friday, the president denied using the term to describe Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries and instead sought to put the redirect the focus on what he called unacceptable Democratic proposals on immigration. Ave on MLK Day.
Trump did not respond or acknowledge any of the reporters.
Besides Ferris, the president was flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Ben Carson and other King family members.
The annual celebration reflects on King's vision: for all humanity to come together, no matter one's creed, ethnicity, or religion and recognize the advancements African-Americans have made since the famous "I Have a Dream Speech" in 1963. Moments later, while he was introducing himself to the group assembled for the photo op, the American Urban Radio Network's April Ryan asked "will you give an apology for the statements yesterday?"