Donald Trump thinks Kanye West has been good for his poll numbers among black men in America.
Speaking at the National Rifle Association Convention on Friday, TMZ reported the U.S. president first took credit for new data showing rates of African-American unemployment in the country are at an all-time low.
Then Trump turned his attention to West, who in recent weeks has repeatedly expressed his love for the president, and credited the rapper with helping raise his approval rating among African-American men from 11 per cent to 22 per cent, according to a Reuters poll.
Trump may also be look at harnessing the attention he’s getting from the Kanye controversy by hosting a summit on racial issues.
Trump advisor Rev. Darrell Scott recently said that he hopes West will attend the conference, and that they have already reach out to “someone who knows” football player and activist Colin Kaepernick to attend as well.
“These are conversations we’ve been having for several months now with the White House,” Scott told TMZ. “It’s just that the Kanye situation kind of heated it up a little bit more.”