Presidential candidate Donald Trump made a brief stop Saturday in fellow Republican Ben Carson’s boyhood neighborhood in southwest Detroit where he chatted with residents.
“I met Mr. Trump and shook his hand,” Felicia Reese said outside her home on South Deacon. “And he told me that the house looked nice.”
She said Trump, accompanied by Carson, told her the house was valuable.
“And I said ‘I wish it was and maybe he could come up with something associated with ‘The Art of the Deal,’ so I could sell it for something,'” Reese told the Free Press after Trump left.
Reese lives in the 1800 block of South Deacon, near I-75 and Schaefer Highway, in Carson’s former boyhood home and said Trump took some pictures during the brief visit.
“We were polite. We were cordial. He’s a guest of the city of Detroit,” Reese said, adding “Dr. Carson is a native son of our neighborhood and of this house, and he’s always welcome.”
Reese, 58, a Democrat, said she was not surprised by Trump’s visit and thought he might come.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate who threw his support behind Trump after dropping out of the Republican primary race in March, was also with the Trump at Great Faith Ministries International church in Detroit earlier in the day and hung around his old neighborhood after Trump left.
“I just wanted him to get a good idea of where I grew up and wanted him to see some of the more blighted areas of Detroit also over near the church,” Carson said, standing outside Reese’s house.
Some people in the neighborhood said they still have no plans to vote for Trump, even after his visit there Saturday.
Dwight Hill, 71, has been in his house for more than four decades and said he doesn’t think Trump will do anything for people in the neighborhood and he won’t vote for him.
“(He’s) trying to get the black vote,” Hill said. “That’s all.”
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