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During a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2017, President Donald Trump (photo from left to right Alveda King, Ivanka Trump and Ben Carson) reportedly had a tone deaf answer when told about the integral role of the Netherlands in the worldwide slave trade, against the director of the museum: & You know, they love me in the Netherlands &, according to a new memoir

During a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2017, President Donald Trump reportedly had a deaf answer when he was told about the integral role of the Dutch in the global slave trade and told the museum founder: & # 39; You know, they love me in the Netherlands & # 39 ;, according to a new memoir.

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In February 2017, Trump and his newly elected board asked to visit the newly opened museum in Washington, according to Smithsonian secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III in his upcoming memoir, & # 39; A Fool & # 39; s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the era of Bush, Obama and Trump. & # 39;

The president wanted the visit to take place on Martin Luther King Jr.'s day, Bunch recalled, also asking that the museum be closed to the public during the visit.

"The idea that we could exclude visitors on the first King's Holiday since the opening of the museum was not something I could accept," Bunch writes in the book, as observed by the Washington Post.

During a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2017, President Donald Trump (photo from left to right Alveda King, Ivanka Trump and Ben Carson) reportedly had a tone deaf answer when told about the integral role of the Netherlands in the worldwide slave trade, against the director of the museum: & You know, they love me in the Netherlands &, according to a new memoir

During a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2017, President Donald Trump (photo from left to right Alveda King, Ivanka Trump and Ben Carson) reportedly had a tone deaf answer when told about the integral role of the Netherlands in the worldwide slave trade, against the director of the museum: & You know, they love me in the Netherlands &, according to a new memoir

In February 2017, Trump and his newly elected board asked to visit the newly opened museum in Washington, according to Smithsonian secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III (above) in his upcoming memoir, & # 39; A Fool & # 39; s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American history and culture in the era of Bush, Obama and Trump & # 39;

In February 2017, Trump and his newly elected board asked to visit the newly opened museum in Washington, according to Smithsonian secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III (above) in his upcoming memoir, & # 39; A Fool & # 39; s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American history and culture in the era of Bush, Obama and Trump & # 39;

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In February 2017, Trump and his newly elected board asked to visit the newly opened museum in Washington, according to Smithsonian secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III (above) in his upcoming memoir, & # 39; A Fool & # 39; s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American history and culture in the era of Bush, Obama and Trump & # 39;

The president wanted the visit to take place on Martin Luther King Jr.'s day, Bunch recalled, also asking for the museum to be closed to the public during the visit

The president wanted the visit to take place on Martin Luther King Jr.'s day, Bunch recalled, also asking for the museum to be closed to the public during the visit

The president wanted the visit to take place on Martin Luther King Jr.'s day, Bunch recalled, also asking for the museum to be closed to the public during the visit

Instead, another day was chosen and Trump arrived at the exhibition flanked by Ben Carson, who was nominated for the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and can be seen in the museum; Daughter, Ivanka; Senator Tim Scott; and the cousin of Martin Luther King, Alveda King.

Bunch said he hoped the president's visit would help him equip with a wider understanding of racial relationships in America.

"I'm always the optimist," says Bunch.

Before the president-elect's arrival, Bunch says he was warned by Trump's assistants that he was in a bad mood and nothing & # 39; difficult & # 39; wanted to see.

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Anyway, Bunch said he started the tour in the museum's history gallery, which starts with the worldwide slave trade.

"The president stopped (then) for the exhibition that discussed the role of the Dutch in the slave trade. As he thought about the label, I felt he might be paying attention to the work of the museum. He quickly proved that I was wrong. "Bunch says. & # 39; When he turned off the screen, he said to me: & # 39; You know, they love me in the Netherlands. & # 39; The only thing I could say was: let's continue walking. & # 39; (Photo: the exhibition & # 39; Paradox of Liberty & # 39; shows to the right President Thomas Jefferson and other American slave leaders, with each stone representing a slave)

"The president stopped (then) for the exhibition that discussed the role of the Dutch in the slave trade. As he thought about the label, I felt he might be paying attention to the work of the museum. He quickly proved that I was wrong. "Bunch says. & # 39; When he turned off the screen, he said to me: & # 39; You know, they love me in the Netherlands. & # 39; The only thing I could say was: let's continue walking. & # 39; (Photo: the exhibition & # 39; Paradox of Liberty & # 39; shows to the right President Thomas Jefferson and other American slave leaders, with each stone representing a slave)

"The president stopped (then) for the exhibition that discussed the role of the Dutch in the slave trade. As he thought about the label, I felt he might be paying attention to the work of the museum. He quickly proved that I was wrong. "Bunch says. & # 39; When he turned off the screen, he said to me: & # 39; You know, they love me in the Netherlands. & # 39; The only thing I could say was: let's continue walking. & # 39; (Photo: the exhibition & # 39; Paradox of Liberty & # 39; shows to the right President Thomas Jefferson and other American slave leaders, with each stone representing a slave)

Bunch said he hoped the president's visit would help him to equip him with "a broader understanding of race relationships in America." I'm always the optimist, "says Munch.

Bunch said he hoped the president's visit would help him to equip him with "a broader understanding of race relationships in America." I'm always the optimist, "says Munch.

Bunch said he hoped the president's visit would help him to equip him with "a broader understanding of race relationships in America." I'm always the optimist, "says Munch.

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"It was not my job to smooth out the rough sides of history, even for the president," he rightly writes.

Despite warnings of his temperament that day, Bunch said that Trump offered him a warm welcome and said that Melania had noticed how much she had enjoyed an earlier tour with Sara Netanyahu, the wife of the Israeli prime minister.

"The president stopped (then) for the exhibition that discussed the role of the Dutch in the slave trade. As he thought about the label, I felt he might be paying attention to the work of the museum. He quickly proved that I was wrong. "Bunch says.

& # 39; When he turned off the screen, he said to me: & # 39; You know, they love me in the Netherlands. & # 39; The only thing I could say was: let's continue walking. & # 39;

Bunch said he remembers a small part of the hour with Trump who followed, but & # 39; disappointed in his response to one of the greatest crimes against humanity in history & # 39; uttered.

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He continued: "This was an opportunity to broaden the views and understanding of the upcoming president and I had been less successful than I expected."

The White House has not yet responded to a DailyMail.com request for comment.

Bunch said he remembers a small part of the hour with Trump who followed, but expressed "disappointed in his response to one of the greatest crimes against humanity in history"

Bunch said he remembers a small part of the hour with Trump who followed, but expressed "disappointed in his response to one of the greatest crimes against humanity in history"

Bunch said he remembers a small part of the hour with Trump who followed, but expressed "disappointed in his response to one of the greatest crimes against humanity in history"

According to the Post, former White House secretary, Sean Spice, who was also on the tour, claimed that Trump wanted to visit the museum before MLK Day to avoid disrupting public access to the facility on a holy day.

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Spicer also assured that the president was involved and interested during the tour and regularly asked questions, especially in the part where Ben Carson's career as a neurosurgeon was highlighted.

Bunch also remembers that Trump showed an interest in Carson's exhibition and a screening of Muhammad Ali.

"The president and I shared our stories about Ali and what he meant for America," writes Bunch, before noticing that the president later tweeted the museum was "great."

"I will take what victories I can achieve," Bunch said of the praise and added that he was pleased that the president was coming.

"There is no doubt that there were things he learned, what he was doing," he said told the Post in an interview last week.

"What I hope is that the Smithsonian can play that role in a time of bias and division. I am not saying who caused it, but the reality is that it is a different time. And so I just want us to play that role. & # 39;

As stated in his book, Bunch holds Trump responsible - at least in part - for deepening the "racial gap" across the country.

As stated in his book, Bunch holds Trump responsible - at least in part - for deepening the "racial gap" across the country.

As stated in his book, Bunch holds Trump responsible – at least in part – for deepening the "racial gap" across the country.

But for the time being, as stated in his book, Bunch holds Trump responsible – at least in part – for deepening the "racial gap" across the country.

& # 39; The combative relationship of his government with many in the African-American community – from his fight with Congressman John Lewis … to the attacks on professional athletes, the overwhelming number chosen for critical tweets was African-American, until his refusal to criticize white supremacists whose riots in Charlottesville, Virginia led to the death of Heather Heyer – have deepened the racial gap.

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"Many visitors have told me that since the 2016 elections the museum has acquired an even greater significance," Bunch continues.

"For some, a visit to the museum allows them to find consolation, inspiration and hope that the current toxic political bias and racial antipathy will one day be overcome."

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