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President Trump says Frederick Douglass 'has done an amazing job.' Douglass died in 1895.

President Trump lauded the "amazing job" that 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass "has done," while speaking at a meeting Wednesday celebrating the start of Black History Month. "Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice," Trump said.

Douglass died in 1895.

Trump led the meeting with HUD secretary nominee Ben Carson, the only black man Trump nominated to his predominantly white, male Cabinet. Aside from Douglass, Trump also mentioned Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and CNN's "fake news" during the discussion meant to kick off Black History Month.

Watch Trump's statement on black Americans' "big impact" below. Becca Stanek