Jay-Z, who along with his wife Beyonce, became friends and political allies of Obama, in the interview broadcast Saturday on CNN said that Trump's belittling remarks toward people of color overshadowed any employment data.
The black unemployment rate cited by Trump came after the BLS revealed data earlier this month showing it had dropped to 6.8 percent, the lowest level since the government began tracking such data in 1972.
He said that even if that's true, it doesn't matter, because it's 'not about money at the end of the day'. After the anger, it's really hurtful because he's like looking down on a whole population of people.
He likened America's racism problem to a trashcan full of bugs. As those things grow, you create a superbug.
"Things are actually better than many Trump supporters had hoped - and they are worse than many Trump opponents had feared", he said.
Tony Schwartz, co-author of Donald Trump's "The Art of the Deal", thinks his ongoing feud with Ball suggests something deeper about the president's feelings about Black people. "Somewhere along his lineage something happened to him. and he's in pain and he's expressing it in this sort of way".
Authorities believe they have found body of missing NC child
Hundreds of people joined in the search of the area near the boy's home this week and a pond was drained during the search. Raul Johnson was reported missing on Wednesday and an Amber Alert was issued for the boy in Laurinburg, North Carolina.
President Donald Trump cited low unemployment rates among African Americans on Sunday in response to comments made by rapper Jay-Z.
The exchange also follows disparaging remarks recently attributed to Trump about African countries.
Still, Jay-Z ended that segment of the interview on a relatively sympathetic note. "Treat people like human beings, that's the whole point".
During that same chat, Jay Z also brought into the discussion yet another controversial Donald - Donald Sterling - former LA Clippers owner.
'Money doesn't equate to happiness, ' he explained. Wow, it's nearly like Trump is more focused on the color of a person's skin than what they are saying! "That's the main point", he said. Does that make him a good leader?