February 22, 2019 12:35 am

Trump promises to expand opportunity for Americans of all races in Black History Month speech

WATCH: President Donald Trump met with Black community leaders to honour the start of Black History Month on Wednesday, and took the opportunity to renew his war with the media.

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President Donald Trump is pledging to expand opportunity for Americans of every race, religion and creed as he commemorates Black History Month.

Speaking to hundreds Thursday at a White House reception, Trump boasted about the economy and said the unemployment rate for African-Americans is at its “lowest ever.”

WATCH: White House says Trump trying to fix unemployment for ‘all Americans’ (2018) 

Black unemployment did reach a low, 5.9 percent, in May 2018. But that figure changes monthly and had increased to 6.8 percent by January.

Trump also touted passage of a criminal justice reform bill in December. He says the nation’s sentencing laws disproportionately “harm African-American communities far, far greater than anybody else.”

Catherine Toney, one of the first inmates released through the bill’s passage, thanked Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner for their efforts as the crowd applauded in approval.

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