Trump Reportedly Approves Race Summit With Colin Kaepernick

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President Donald Trump has approved a White House summit to discuss race and has invited Colin Kaepernick and Kanye West, a pastor who met with Trump told People magazine.

Football great Jim Brown and legendary boxer Mike Tyson also will be on the guest list, according to the Rev. Darrell Scott, a White House outside adviser who said he spoke to Trump in the Oval Office Thursday during an event for the National Day of Prayer.

Scott said the president was committed to the multiracial gathering, which will include musicians and athletes in perhaps early summer.

“He is 100 percent for it,” Scott said. “He’s very enthusiastic about it.” 

Trump, whose history is rife with racist comments and behavior, will be there, Scott said. “We don’t want to sanitize it,” Scott said. “I want people from the left to attend. I want it to get heated, but I want it to be respectful.”

Scott is organizing the summit with Andrew Giuliani, a top aide in the White House Office of Public Liason and son of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, reported Politico, which described plans for the race conference as preliminary.

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Pastor Darrell Scott and President Donald Trump shake hands at the the National Day of Prayer ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

Kaepernick may be the most surprising invitee, given Trump’s criticism of the NFL quarterback and the league after he started a widespread movement of athletes kneeling for the national anthem in protest of racial injustice and police brutality. He did not play in the league last season and has filed a grievance alleging the NFL has conspired to keep him out of a job because of his activism.

Rapper West, a Trump supporter, drew outrage recently when he called slavery “a choice.” 

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Colin Kaepernick has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump for his national anthem protests.

Asked to comment on the summit report, a rep for Kaepernick told HuffPost on Friday: “Colin isn’t doing any media at this time.”

HuffPost also reached out to the White House but did not immediately receive a reply.

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