To the list of prominent African American figures against whom President Trump has aired grievances on Twitter, add Jay-Z.
The president began his Sunday by suggesting that the award-winning hip-hop artist was unaware that black unemployment stood at “LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED,” crediting himself and his economic policies for the phenomenon.
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 was apparently responding to a television interview the night before, in which Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, criticized the president’s profane description of African countries and Haiti, calling Trump’s characterization “hurtful.”
President Trump, in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, will call for overhauling immigration and spending more on the military and infrastructure. But his vision will confront political realities and budget constraints created by Republicans' recent tax cuts, which he'll tout as a boon to the economy.
Casino mogul Steve Wynn has resigned his position as finance chair of the Republican National Committee amid allegations that he sexually harassed multiple employees at his resorts.
The resignation, first reported by Politico, refocuses the spotlight on the Republican Party as it has struggled to respond to the #metoo movement, and reckon with President Trump’s own history of alleged unwanted sexual advances.
Wynn has been a major donor for Republicans in recent years and a rainmaker for the party. Earlier in his career, he also gave heavily to Democrats. But like Trump, he abandoned the Democratic Party in recent years and focused his effort almost exclusively on helping Republicans.
President Trump was booed Friday when he called the news media “vicious,” “mean” and “fake” during a brief question-and-answer session following his pro-America speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The president, who as a New York businessman was long a mainstay of the city’s tabloids, said that over his career he’s gotten a “disproportionate” amount of press. Yet it wasn’t until he got into politics, he said, that he saw “how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be.”
The comment sparked a smattering of boos and hisses from the crowd, which included world leaders, heads of global companies, intellectuals and foreign media. While such anti-media remarks are familiar to Americans, Trump’s attack was extraordinary for being made before an international audience, given that U.S. presidents historically have been global clarions for a free press.
President Trump, meeting with the chairman of the African Union on Friday, ignored questions from reporters about the president’s reference to nations on the continent as “shithole countries” in a closed-door meeting this month.
Trump’s meeting with Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda and chairman of the African Union, was his first meeting with an African leader since the comments, made in a bipartisan meeting at the Oval Office, were reported Jan. 11.
The African Union had called on Trump to apologize for the remarks. It is unknown whether they were discussed at all during the private portion of Friday’s meeting with Kagame, which took place at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
President Trump met separately with the leaders of two of America’s closest allies on Thursday, and their public appearances confirmed that the closer of the two is Israel, even as Trump insisted that reported tensions with Britain are a “false rumor.”
President Trump, not one for saying he’s sorry, offered a semi-regret for retweeting a far-right anti-Muslim video, telling British television host Piers Morgan that he “would certainly apologize if you’d like me to do that.”
“Can I get an apology out of you just for the retweets of Britain First?” Morgan asked Trump in a video excerpt released early Friday.
“Here's what's fair,” Trump responded in the back-and forth, after trying to minimize the retweets. “If you're telling me these are horrible people, horrible racist people, I would certainly apologize, if you'd like me to do that, I know nothing about them.”