Weeks after Sen. Tim Scott suggested Donald Trump's "moral authority" was "complicated" by the president’s response to the recent violence in Charlottesville, the Senate's only black Republican will meet with the president to discuss the incident and race relations in the United States.
A source with knowledge of the meeting confirmed to McClatchy that the South Carolina senator will sit down with Trump at the White House Wednesday.
In August, a group of white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in the Virginia college town to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, resulting in clashes with counter-protesters that culminated in the death of a young woman and two state troopers.
Trump's immediate response was to condemn the violence on "many sides, many sides.” Two days later, he admonished the hate groups by name – but the day after that, he was defiant at a press conference, saying all factions in Charlottesville were to blame for the violence. He belittled the growing movement to take down monuments of Confederate heroes.