Trump claims credit for recognition of Juneteenth

The president moved his rally in Tulsa, Oklahama, to one day after the originally-scheduled June 19 date. “I did something good, I made Juneteenth very famous," he said in an interview.
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This evening, the reaction after president trump says he deserves credit for making juneteenth, quote, very famous. The day commemorating the day of slavery in the U.S., because the president had to reschedule his Tulsa rally, originally set for the same day. The president telling "The wall Street journal" nobody had ever heard of it. One of his aides pointing out his own administration put out statements marking the day for the last three years. Marcus Moore from Tulsa. Reporter: Tonight, supporters lining up in Tulsa, days ahead of the president's first rally in months. The president planned to have the rally on Friday, juneteenth, but postponed it to Saturday after backlash over the original date, which is set aside to commemorate the end of slavery. Tonight, he's making headlines for controversial comments, telling "The Wall Street journal," quote, I did something good. I made juneteenth very famous. Taking credit for the holiday, adding, quote, no one ever heard of it. An aide pointing out that the white house has issued statements on juneteenth in each of his first three years in office. The president saying, quote, oh, really? We put out a statement in the trump white house put out a statement? Okay, okay, good. In response, senator kamala Harris firing back, tweeting, "Retweet if you'd heard of juneteenth." Juneteenth is recognized by 47 states and D.C. And marks the date in 1865 when the slaves were freed. More that two years after president Abraham Lincoln issued the emancipation proclamation. President trump was asked if he's considering making it a federal holiday. We'll take a look. Reporter: Nike, Uber and Twitter joining a growing number of companies observing juneteenth as a paid holiday for David, late news coming in tonight. "The Washington post" reporting that marly Elizabeth Taylor, the assistant secretary of state, has resigned. She's been with the trump team since day one and in her letter to secretary of state Mike Pompeo, she wrote, quote, moments of upheaval can change you, shift the trajectory of your life and mold your character. The president's comments and actions surrounding black Americans cut sharply against my core values and convictions. David? Marcus Moore with us tonight, thank you. And we should point out that an ABC news special, "Juneteenth: The celebration of overcoming" will air tomorrow night 8:00 P.M. Right here on ABC.

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