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Steve Harvey Meets with Trump Regarding Help for Chicago and Other Inner Cities
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17 Jan 2017 12:58 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Steve Harvey (Image Source: Angela George via Wikimedia Commons)

Donald Trump is continuing to put together a team of advisers and cabinet members to help him accomplish his goals in these next four years.

With many of his choices being questionable, his choice of looking to Steve Harvey for help seems just as confusing.

With Ben Carson, a failed presidential candidate and neurosurgeon by trade, being appointed to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, he needed some help, and he and the president-elect decided to look towards Harvey, a comedian, talk show host, game show host, and beauty pageant host.

"We're gonna team up and see if we can bring about some positive change in the inner cities, which I felt was my only agenda," he told reporters after meeting with Trump. "He agreed, and he wants to do something. And he realizes that he needs some allies in that department. He seemed really sincere about it."

It should be noted that Harvey put his support behind Hillary Clinton in the election and drew heat after it was alleged that his show provided her with questions in advance of an interview. Additionally, he became the host of the Miss Universe pageant after Trump sold it.

"He's a great friend of ours," said Trump after the two had met at Trump Tower on Friday. "Everybody knows Steve Harvey. Everyone having fun? Steve just came up to say hello."

But this wasn't something that Harvey did of his own volition. He admitted that the "transition teams" for Trump and Obama encouraged him to attend the meeting. Trump then introduced him to Carson, and they discussed helping inner cities.

"Chicago being one?" asked a reporter.

"Chicago is definitely one," answered Harvey. "Another one they want to start with as a target is Detroit. Ben Carson expressed that because quite naturally he is from Detroit. I want to do something with all of the major inner cities to see if we can bring about some change and help some of these young people out. And so that's why I'm here, and it was a successful meeting. And he seemed really sincere."

"We had a great conversation. We're gonna get some things started," said the host who grew up in Cleveland and is known to be involved in mentoring programs. "They have a plan for the inner cities, but they need help. And so that's why they called me. So, we'll see what I can do."

Regarding this being a springboard into his own entry into politics, he laughed at the suggestion.

"It's not my jump into politics," he said. "I ain't gonna pass a background check."

"But it's just me following orders from my friend President Obama who said "Steve, you've got to' – and as he told everybody – 'get out from behind your computers, stop tweeting and texting and get out there and sit down and talk. So I stepped from behind my microphone, and I came out and talked to the guy that's going to be the 45th president of the United States," he said. "I did what I was supposed to do."

"It's an honor to be invited to talk, and I think that's the only way that we're going to unify our country" he continued. "We've got to talk."

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