Donald Trump Credits Kanye West ‘Power’ for Boosting Approval Among Black Americans

Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump leave the elevator after their meeting at Trump Tower on December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump thanked Kanye West for boosting his approval ratings with black Americans, during a speech to the National Rifle Association Conference on Friday.

“Thank you Kanye, thank you!” Trump said, pointing to a recent Reuters poll showing his support doubling among African-Americans.

“By the way, Kanye West must have some power,” Trump added during his speech in Dallas.

Indeed, a recent Reuters poll showed that approval for President Trump among black American men has doubled between April 22 and April 29, up from 11 percent to 22 percent. Reuters questioned some 200 black men in the same week that the Grammy-winner went on a social media blitz in which he heaped praise of President Trump.

The president pointed out that unemployment for African-Americans was at a new low and celebrated the national unemployment rating reaching 3.9 percent.

“The unemployment rate just fell below four percent since the beginning of this century,” Trump said, admitting that it was actually “about 19 years,” but that “beginning of the century” sounded better and “more beautiful.”

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