In an effort to tackle the housing problems inner-city dwellers face, President-elect Donald Trump reached out to someone unexpected on Jan. 13: comedian and "Family Feud" host Steve Harvey.
"I came and talked to the guy who's going to be the 45th President of the United States," Harvey said, according to Fox News. "[We spoke about] housing for urban development ... [to] bring some positive change in the inner cities. He wants to do something. He realizes he needs some allies in that department. He seemed really sincere about it."
The 59-year-old comedian spoke with reporters after he posed for photos with the president-elect in the lobby of Trump Tower.
"I walked away feeling like I had just talked with a man who genuinely wants to make a difference in this area," Harvey said in a Jan. 13 statement he posted to his Twitter page. "I feel that something really great could come out of this…I would sit with him anytime."
Among the more serious issues they discussed was inner city life. According to Harvey, the pair spoke on the phone with Dr. Ben Carson, Trump's pick for the head of Housing and Urban Development, about the best approaches and programs that would improve lives.
"Our president [Barack Obama] asked that all of us sit down and talk to one another in order to move our country forward…" Harvey's Twitter statement read. "[T]he transition teams on both sides asked me to meet and I'm glad I did. I found him in our meeting both congenial and sincere."
Harvey said it was a "successful" meeting and that the pair talked about more serious issues in addition to golf, mutual friends and "Family Feud," of which Harvey said Trump is "a big fan," according to Fox News.
"We laughed a little bit," Harvey explained. "I ain't been laughing that much the past few days they've been beating me up on the internet."
Harvey has faced controversy since making a string of jokes that many have called racist, in which he mocked the prospect of Asian men dating and expressed doubt that any woman would find them attractive.
As far as a career in politics, Harvey said, "I ain't going to pass a background check."