South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott met with President Trump Wednesday to discuss race relations in the U.S. and the president's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last month that occurred during a white nationalist rally.
The Senate's lone black Republican said he and Trump "discussed everything from legislative remedies for those living in poverty, to the incident in Charlottesville, to some of the other issues that are important [like] diversifying staff" in a statement to USA Today after the meeting.
Scott was one of several GOP lawmakers who criticized the president's comments in the wake of Charlottesville after Trump claimed "many sides" were responsible for the violence and loss of life. The South Carolina Republican demanded "clarity and moral authority" from Trump at the time.
"He's obviously reflected on what he has said, on his intentions and the perception of those comments," Scott told CBS News late Wednesday.
In a readout of their meeting, the White House left the door open for further discussions between Trump and Scott, in addition to continued dialogue with "the African-American community, and leaders from diverse communities across the country, all of which have a wealth of perspectives and experiences with respect to this issue."
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the sit-down came at the request of Scott and that both men also discussed the administration's ongoing push for bipartisan tax reform during their meeting.
Scott has been an ardent supporter of including the Investing in Opportunity Act, a bill that aims to boost economic growth in impoverished communities, in a tax reform package.