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BET founder: I turned down Trump Cabinet position

Bob Johnson, a media mogul and founder of the BET network, told CNBC Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump offered him a position in his Cabinet at a meeting earlier this month. 

“It was an easy discussion, because I wasn’t coming there on a job interview,” Johnson told CNBC said. “He hinted at something I could be interested in, and I quickly shut that down. It was a Cabinet position.

{mosads}”But I can’t work for the government … because to me as an entrepreneur trying to work in a government structure where you got to go through 15 different layers of decision-making to get want you want done doesn’t fit my mold.”

Johnson also said he didn’t think Trump is a racist and that the president-elect will be looking for opportunities to work with African-Americans.

“To me, I never thought Donald Trump, and I still don’t believe it today, was a racist. I don’t believe that he’s anti-African-American,” Johnson said. “For too long, the African-American community has been ignored by the Republicans because they thought we were always locked with the Democrats.”

But Trump, Johnson said, is neither a Democrat nor a Republican.

“Certainly not an establishment Republican [and] he’s not a Democrat, he was open. And he’s a business guy. And business guys tend to look at where’s the opportunity for a benefit,” he said.



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