Trump fires back at Jay-Z: ‘Black unemployment’ is at ‘lowest rate ever recorded’


President Trump on Sunday fired back at Jay-Z after the rapper called Trump’s reported “shithole countries” comments “disappointing and hurtful.”

“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.

{mosads}In an interview Saturday, Jay-Z was critical of Trump’s reported reference to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.”

“It is disappointing and it’s hurtful. It really is hurtful,” Jay-Z said. “Everyone feels anger but after the anger, it’s really hurtful.”

The rapper said the comments were especially disappointing coming from the nation’s leader.

“Because it’s looking down at a whole population of people and it’s so misinformed because these places have beautiful people and beautiful everything. This is the leader of the free world speaking like this,” he added. 

Trump faced widespread backlash and accusations of racism for the reported comments.

Trump has pushed back against reports and denied he is a racist.

Trump earlier this month tweeted about the African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates shortly after “Fox & Friends” ran a segment on new unemployment statistics.

“African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in our country,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“The Hispanic unemployment rate dropped a full point in the last year and is close to the lowest in recorded history. Dems did nothing for you but get your vote! #NeverForget @foxandfriends,” the president added.

His tweet followed an Associated Press report that included new numbers showing that the African-American unemployment rate reached a record low in December, at 6.8 percent.

The trend started well before Trump assumed office, according to The Washington Post. When former President Obama assumed office, black unemployment was at 13.7 percent. It had dropped to 7.8 percent by the time he left office.
-Updated 10:10 a.m.
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