In his first policy speech since his State of the Union address on Tuesday — which also highlighted his outreach to the African American community — Trump traveled to Charlotte, N.C., and announced a new addition to his team.
Trump said he has tapped Tony Lowden to oversee the government's efforts to assist former prisoners adjusting to life after incarceration. Lowden, who is African American, is the pastor of former President Jimmy Carter's church, Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia.
"Too many of our men and women are ending up in our prisons and coming home with nothing to get back on their feet," Lowden told the crowd at the event.
In his State of the Union speech, Trump repeatedly touched on policies directly aimed at appealing to black Americans, including his support for historically black colleges and school vouchers.
He invited Tony Rankins, who found a job with a construction company in an Opportunity Zone in Ohio, to the stage. He thanked Trump for his work. Trump also repeated his controversial pitch to African Americans during the 2016 campaign: "What the hell do you have to lose?"