Trump Honors African-American Community at Black History Month Reception: ‘It’s Never Been Better’

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During President Donald Trump’s address at the White House Black History Month reception, he thanked the African-American community and promised to keep fighting for lower unemployment and more opportunities to succeed.

“Today, we are here to honor the extraordinary contributions from African-Americans from the earliest days of this nation,” said Trump. “African-Americans have uplifted and inspired our country in art, science, literature, law, film, politics, business and every arena.”

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The president listed some notable African-American’s, pointing out they were the catalyst for much-needed change in America.

“These contributions are beyond measure. You know it and everybody knows it. We pay tribute to the African-American heroes who have sacrificed in the name of freedom and dignity in America. Every citizen alive today are forever in debt of the brave souls who have championed the eternal cause of civil rights.”

He then moved to discuss historically low unemployment rates.

“And by the way, as you’ve been hearing me say, African-American unemployment is at an all-time low. In the history of our country, it’s never been better,” said Trump.

“Tell me, how do they beat us on the debate stand when we say we have the best unemployment numbers ever?”

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One of Trump’s special guests at the event was Catherine Toney, one of the first inmates released after the passing of the First Step Act. Trump spoke with Toney and even received a hug from her.

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At the end of his speech, the president promised to keep fighting for the rights of every American.

“Today we thank God for all of the blessings the African-American community continues to give our nation and we pledge our resolve to continue to expand opportunity for Americans of every race, religion, color, and creed.”

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