Trump thanks Kanye West, says his approval rating among African-Americans doubled after rapper's tweet
Kanye, after the 2016 presidential elections, had said that if he had voted at all that year, then he would have voted for Trump
President Donald Trump thanked rapper Kanye West on Friday and credited him for boosting his approval rating amongst African Americans in the country.
Trump, while addressing the National Rifle Association (NRA) members, at a convention in Texas said: "By the way, Kanye West must have some power. Because you probably saw, I doubled my African-American poll numbers. We went from 11 to 22 in one week. Thank you, Kanye. Thank you."
A poll conducted by Reuters showed that Trump witnessed an 11-point bounce in support from black men after west posted pictures of himself on Twitter, wearing a 'Make America Great Again' hat. In the tweet, Kanye said that Trump and his share the same "dragon energy," according to reports.
According to USA Today, Trump's overall support within the demographic group also nearly doubled to 16.5 percent from 8.9 percent.
Trump mentioned West while talking about April's job numbers, published by the federal government on early Friday.
The Republican said that unemployment in the country is now at its lowest point in 19 years. He also credited himself for creating 3.2 million jobs since the beginning of his 14-month old administration.
Trump said: "You know I heard it was about 19 years. I said, “Wait a minute, the beginning of the century sounds better."
The president also mentioned that the unemployment rate was particularly low for black Americans. He also made similar statements during a rally in Michigan on Saturday evening, according to reports.
Trump, while referring to African American unemployment, said: "In all fairness, Kanye West gets it!"
Kanye, after the 2016 presidential elections, had said that if he had voted at all that year, then he would have voted for Donald Trump.
The rapper had also stated that he wants to run for president himself in 2024 after Trump has had a chance to run for and serve a second term of his presidency.