President Donald Trump holds an African American History Month listening session attended by nominee to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson (R), Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault (L) and other officials in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.
In his own words: Trump on African Americans
02:23 - Source: CNN

Story highlights

The latest CNN poll shows the president earning 3% approval from black Americans

Gallup numbers have shown his approval rating dropping since his inauguration

President Donald Trump bragged on Twitter that his approval rating with black Americans has doubled. It hasn’t.

Only 15% of black Americans said they approved of Trump’s job performance in the days following his inauguration last January — and it’s only gone downhill from there. In the most recent Gallup weekly numbers, only 6% of black Americans said they approved of the President’s job performance.

The most recent CNN polling, from December, shows that only 3% of black Americans said they approved of how Trump is handling his job nearly a year into his White House tenure. A whopping 91% said they disapproved.

But that didn’t stop Trump from tweeting on Tuesday morning that his approval among black Americans had doubled. “Unemployment for Black Americans is the lowest ever recorded. Trump approval ratings with Black Americans has doubled. Thank you, and it will get even (much) better!” he wrote.

It is true that black unemployment has fallen to 6.8% in the most recent data — the lowest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the number in 1972 but still higher than the 4.1% national unemployment rate among all races.

The President has pushed back against reports that he called African nations “shithole countries” during immigration negotiations last week in the Oval Office, saying “I am not a racist” over the weekend and adding he is “the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”

The comments come amid a mounting backdrop of racially tinged remarks from the President. These range from his policy proposals for undocumented immigrants and his reaction to white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the summer to his doubt over President Barack Obama’s birthplace and his descriptions of crime in major American cities.