Trump Hits Back at Jay Z’s Comments on Unemployment

January 28, 2018 Last Updated: January 29, 2018

President Donald Trump slammed Jay Z on Sunday after the Brooklyn-born rapper made accusations against him on CNN.

“Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!” Trump tweeted on Sunday morning.

In a CNN interview, Jay Z questioned Trump’s claims about creating jobs for African-Americans.

The 48-year-old rapper also said about Trump: “It is disappointing and it’s hurtful. It really is hurtful, more than so … everyone feels anger but after the anger, it’s real hurtful.”

Jay-Z on May 1, 2013 in New York City. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Jay Z—known for hits like “Big Pimpin'” and “Dead Presidents” and who was a frequent visitor to the Obama White House—made the comments on CNN’s Van Jones show.

“Because it’s not about money at the end of the day,” Jay Z said in an attempt to explain himself about the economy. “Money is not – money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. That’s missing the whole point. You treat people like human beings, then – that’s the main point.”

Later, on Sunday, Trump wrote more about the economy.

“Our economy is better than it has been in many decades. Businesses are coming back to America like never before. Chrysler, as an example, is leaving Mexico and coming back to the USA. Unemployment is nearing record lows. We are on the right track!” he tweeted.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for African-Americans in the United States was at 6.8 percent as of December 2017, which is the lowest since the bureau began crunching the numbers by race in 1972.

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The unemployment rate among African-Americans was 16.4 percent in August 2011.

In January of last year, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent, the New York Post reported.

 

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