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09.13.2017

SEN. TIM SCOTT (R-S.C.) TELLS CBS NEWS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS “OBVIOUSLY REFLECTED” ON HIS CHARLOTTESVILLE COMMENTS

HE’S OBVIOUSLY REFLECTED ON WHAT HE HAS SAID, ON HIS INTENTIONS AND THE PERCEPTION OF THOSE COMMENTS,” SCOTT SAID TO CBS NEWS’ NANCY CORDES IN AN INTERVIEW TODAY

In a CBS News interview, Sen. Tim Scott said he believes President Trump has had a chance to reflect on the controversial comments he made after the deadly white nationalist rally last month in Charlottesville, Va., and he says that Mr. Trump told him the perception of his remarks wasn’t “what he intended.”

The black Republican from South Carolina gave an exclusive TV interview to CBS News chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes after meeting with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, in a discussion that touched on issues of race, discrimination and opportunity in America. Cordes’ interview with Scott will air tonight, Sept. 13, on the CBS EVENING NEWS (6:30-7:00 PM, ET).

Click here to watch an excerpt of the interview.

Scott attracted both praise and criticism when he said President Trump “compromised” his “moral authority” in blaming “both sides” for violence in Charlottesville, saying there were “very fine people” among the white nationalist protesters. After that critique, Scott said the White House called him, asking what could be done in light of his critiques. The result, at least a part of it, was Wednesday’s meeting.

Cordes asked Scott if President Trump felt remorse over his remarks.

He’s obviously reflected on what he has said, on his intentions and the perception of those comments,” Scott said. “I’ll let him discuss how he feels about it, but he was certainly very clear that the perception that he received on his comments was not exactly what he intended with those comments.”

Cordes asked Scott what he wanted the president to understand about how people of color felt about those comments.

What I wanted to get out of the conversation was a focus on fairness and opportunity,” Scott said. “Most people of color, and frankly all Americans, want to be treated fairly in this nation, and they want access to opportunities.”

Steve Capus is the executive producer of the CBS EVENING NEWS and executive editor of CBS News.

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