Trump praises Kanye West: I'm honored by his support
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE is praising Kanye West, saying he’s “honored” by the rapper’s support.

Trump tweeted to his more than 53 million followers on Friday, "Thank you to Kanye West and the fact that he is willing to tell the TRUTH. One new and great FACT - African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in the history of our Country. So honored by this. Thank you Kanye for your support. It is making a big difference!"

The praise came a day after West appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and defended his support of the controversial commander in chief.

“Just as a musician, African-American, guy out in Hollywood, all these different things, you know, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me,” West told Kimmel.


“And then told me every time I said I liked Trump that I couldn’t say it out loud or my career would be over. I’d get kicked out of the black community because blacks, we’re supposed to have a monolithic thought, we can only like, we can only be Democrats and all,” West, 41, added.

Earlier this year, the “Yeezus” rapper — who’s married to reality TV fixture Kim Kardashian West — raised eyebrows when he lauded Trump for his “dragon energy,” and was seen sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat.

It’s not the first time Trump has publicly commended West’s words.

West “has performed a great service to the Black Community” Trump tweeted in April.

Trump, who’s been criticized for his rhetoric on minorities, remarks about race and for his public battles with NFL players protesting racial injustice, has repeatedly touted low unemployment numbers for black Americans.

He admitted in March to wrongly claiming in remarks weeks earlier that the unemployment for African-Americans was at its lowest rate ever. In April, African-American unemployment fell to 6.6 percent, the lowest level since 1972, according to a Labor Department report.