"Just looking back to those individuals like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and everything they were able to achieve in their lifetimes, how can you not be inspired by that?"
The comments come amid worldwide outage over a Washington Post report that Trump referred to people from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as coming from "shithole countries" country during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers about USA immigration policy on Thursday.
After the signing ceremony, Farris told CNN the president addressed the comments with him.
Joining Trump at the podium was Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and Isaac Newton Farris Jr., King's nephew. "But I don't think he is a racist in the traditional sense". King loved people of all races and religions and literally sacrificed his life working to help our country overcome its dominating, self-defeating white racism.
"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". When Trump ignored the question, a second reporter asked, "Did you use the word "shithole" to refer to African nations?" Dick Durbin, Illinois Democrat who attended the meeting.
"I'm not surprised when I hear President Trump has said something else insulting, racist, bigoted, hateful, about a group of people or a nation of people", King said.
He later added, "I thought he misspoke, and, as I said, I think President Trump is not a racist, but I do think he is racially uninformed".
Reflections on Dr. King's life and the civil rights struggle will be presented by Kay Dowell Lomax, Deacon Russel Howell and Rev. Matt Farley.
"I understand the school system has to go with what the government says to get so many days in, so they're trying to fill those in", said Naples resident Sandy Long. None of the African-Americans who Trump gathered to support him for the holiday were willing to answer questions about the president's comments afterward.