CNN’s Van Jones on Sunday fired back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: If there’s no wall, there’s no DACA fix Trump appears to call out Samsung over missing FBI text messages Trump Commerce pick told lawmakers he would look at reversing Obama move on internet oversight: report MORE after the president said in a tweet that someone should tell Jay-Z that black unemployment is at the “lowest rate ever recorded.”
“Someone needs to inform @realdonaldtrump that I ALREADY asked Jay Z whether black employment figures redeem Trump’s presidency,” Jones tweeted Sunday.
“And Jay’s answer last night on the #VanJonesShow was POWERFUL !!!”
Jay-Z said during the interview with Jones that it’s “not about money at the end of the day.”
“Money doesn’t equate to happiness,” he said. “You treat people like human beings — that’s the main point.”
Jay-Z was also critical during the interview 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.”
Trump faced widespread backlash and accusations of racism after reports that he referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.” Trump has pushed back against the reports and denied he is racist.
Trump on Sunday went after Jay-Z, tweeting: “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 earlier this month tweeted about 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.
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