President Donald Trump credited Black people with building America during a speech at the Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House on Friday, Oct. 4.
"You know, you're just starting to get real credit for that, OK," Trump said. "I don't know if you know that, you're just starting to get — you built the nation. We all built it, but you were such a massive part of it. Bigger than you were given credit for. Does that make sense?"
"You broke the sound barrier," Trump said, referring to the noise level as the young Black professionals stood and cheered. "I've never heard it quite like that, and I appreciate it. We love you," he told the crowd.
The president praised conservative commentators Candace Owens and Terrence Williams and White House aide Ja'Ron Smith, inviting them to share the stage with him, Yahoo News reported.
He complimented Owens, saying she is a "star" who is not only "tough" but also "beautiful" - before he caught himself.
"Under the #MeToo generation, we're not allowed to say [beautiful]," Trump said. "So all of you young, brilliant guys, never, ever call a woman beautiful, please. You're not allowed to do it," he joked.
Owens noted that, 2 years into their first term, every president looks older. "He seems to be the only president that's getting younger!" she said.
Trump took a jab at the Democrats who are desperate to impeach him before the 2020 election.
"While we are fighting every day to build up our nation, the far left only wants to wreck, ruin and destroy our nation,” he said. “And you know better than anybody, for the last three years, Democrat lawmakers, their deep-state cronies, the fake news media, they've been colluding in their effort to overturn the presidential election — 63 million people voted — and to nullify the votes of the American people and many African American people voted for Trump, even then. Now they like me more."
Then Trump and Vice President Mike Pence bowed their heads, as a young Ethiopian woman prayed for him. Afterwards, the crowd chanted "USA!" and "four more years!"
Watch the emotional video below.